Differentiating between, service dogs and therapy dogs is not a matter of splitting hairs or political correctness. Each of these dogs has a very different job from the others and the terms are not interchangeable. With that said, we will prepare your dog for CGC testing, your 1st step in making your dog a Service or Therapy Dog. We will train your dog the 10 tasks to pass the Canine Good Citizen test and help you prepare and practice. We will also help you get your credentials and training vest.
Research indicates that interaction with therapy dogs can temporarily affect the release of various neurotransmitters in the brain; levels of oxytocin(linked with bonding) and dopamine(involved in the reward-motivation system) are increased, while cortisol levels (an immunosuppressant associated with stress) are decreased.
One example of the use of therapy dogs is the building of self-confidence. Many children have difficulties reading. As a result, they can develop low self-esteem when reading in public. By reading to a dog, children relax and focus on the dog and ‘the reading’, therefore building self-confidence.
Not all dogs can be Therapy Dogs, there are certain criteria that must be met. Please give us a call at 954-382-5037 to have your puppy or dog evaluated.