Pleasure of Your Company Therapy Dogs, Inc

What Makes A Great Therapy Dog?

Above all, a good therapy dog must be sociable, and love meeting new people. He or she also must be able to get along well with other dogs, since therapy dog visits often are group affairs. At the same time, therapy dogs must be gentle and polite -- and must be under their owner's control at all times. Friendly dogs are great, but an overly friendly one could easily injure an individual in frail health by jumping up, bumping into, leaning on, or even accepting a treat in anything but a calm and polite manner. A therapy dog must have had basic obedience training and must recognize and obey basic commands -- even when excited.