RELIABLE, HAPPY THERAPY DOG
What If My Dog Needs More Obedience Training ? Obedience skills are necessary for a reliable, happy therapy dog.
Therapy dogs must obey basic commands such as:
❤️ Leave It
They need to Stay in place in the face of distractions and Walk easily on a leash. They need to do all of these things reliably and without food rewards in order to be effective and safe in therapy settings.
LAPS strongly encourages their teams to take multiple training classes to strengthen the bond and improve communication between handler and pet. The more responsive you are to your dog, the better your chances to succeed as an animal-assisted therapy team.
If you feel that you and your pet are not quite ready for volunteering as an animal-assisted therapy (AAT) team, we applaud your honesty! AAT is performed in the real world and handlers who make an effort to prepare themselves and their pets properly often volunteer successfully for many, many years. Taking the time to learn more about therapy work and how it could impact your pet is vital. After all, your pet is your companion first and anything else second.