Therapy Dogs

Conditions and Criteria for Therapy Dogs:

All breeds and mixed breeds can be trained as therapy dogs. The dog should:

  •  be at least one year, neutered and should have lived with the owner for period of at least 6-8 months
  • be trained regarding the “toilet”
  • have good basic obedience, including commands “sit”, “down”, “stay”, “come”, “leave it” and “close” (walking with loose leash)
  • not have any history of aggression, including growling, biting, injuring humans or other pets. The dogs trained in attacking for protection reasons and / or have been encouraged to bite, cannot take part
  • not eat raw (uncooked) food.

Temperamental requirements. The dog should be …

  • social, friendly and confident, controlled, predictable and reliable
  • comfortable when being groped
  • comfortable with the awkward caress
  • comfortable in a tight hug
  • comfortable with a sudden tap on the back
  • comfortable among people who behave abnormally
  • comfortable surrounded by medical and / or other equipment
  • comfortable when a group of people talks intensely
  • able to walk by an object on the floor and ignore it
  • longing for eye contact with the operator to receive directions
  • able to work under stressful conditions
  • able to understand and respect personal boundaries (not jumping to humans)
  • able to accept treats gently
  • able to ignore food or toys when asked