It’s never too late. If you are knowledgeable of dogs and have some concept of their behavoir, if you are someone who has ample time to throw into the fast paced life of a therapy dog handler than you may be needed more than you realize. http://dogs.about.com/od/workingdogs/p/therapy_dogs.htm There are loving dogs out there of many breeds, just waiting for that perfect handler and perfect situation where they can give to others and help people of all ages. It’s a beautiful thing and you willl feel blessed to be a part of it.
By gaining the knowledge you will need to develop and follow a busy therapy schedule that is just right, yet not too busy for your loving kanine, the two of you will be off to a good start. It’s always good to know what kinds of dog breeds work better for what specific types of problems and disabilities as well. http://www.therapydogcertification.com/5-best-therapy-dog-breeds/ This way you will feel more at ease about planning your dogs future endeavors and more comfortable with your plans and your scheduling. Either way, if you’re a dog lover this might be a job for you.
Written By: Nicole Blazer
Later on I drove Myles to Appalachian Community Services and then MedWest Hospital as we do every Friday.
I never know what the visits will be like or if anyone wants to do group therapy with him. It’s always better for us when the staff are involved. At both places the rooms were full. People were engaged, laughing, crying, and rolling around on the floor with us. I have figured out something that helps people let their guard down. I forgo sitting on chairs and go straight for the floor. This especially helps with kids. I like to look them straight in the eyes while they are talking to me.
Myles was in a great mood. Even some of the doctors came in and got on the floor. I know the counselors need him just as much as the patients. There is nothing like getting off the elevator at the hospital and having the counselors smiling, jumping up and down, and excited that Myles is in the building.
Because we have been going to the hospital for three years, Myles OWNS the 6th floor. I have to run to keep up with him as he makes his way to the community room. No one cared about dog slobber. No one was disturbed when he barked. Even those few that preferred to sit outside the circle ended up joining in the fun.
Getting him to roll over is always an event. He is very big for a Border collie – a gentle giant. Several people were able to coax him to roll over and when he did people were laughing, clapping, and cheering. I think we both were skipping as we left the hospital.
It’s moments like these that make my day because Myles is just pure joy and spreads that sunshine all over anyone that touches him. He is infectious.
When people don’t want us to leave and these are people that were very, very sad before Myles arrived – it makes me realize how important it is to keep showing up each week. Who knows how many people Myles will have touched in his lifetime? And how did I deserve such an amazing dog? Lucky…….
For instance, labs work better with the blind, because they are extremely intelligent and non aggressive. For those with limited mobility, such as arthritis, a bullmastiff is the right choice in therapy dog breeds. Other dog breeds such as greyhounds and beagles are great working dogs as well. No matter how you look at it, there is a companion for all when looking for the right kanine for you. The species is just meant to be man’s best friend, and they do for man whatever is needed in some cases. If you think about it, we are very lucky to have such a loyal species by our side, always ready to take on whatever is needed and help us however we need them too.
It’s very nice to know that we have these special breeds of dogs that have our backs. Think about how often we hear in the news about dogs saving us and coming to our rescue when we need it. They are very loving and nurturing and their intelligence combined with this makes them just what we need. They truly are our companions.
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