Can Your Dog be a Therapy Dog?

The dogs used for therapy work vary in size and type. They may not all be “pure-bred,” but they all share a love of people. They must be tolerant of other dogs and show no aggression to other animals. Before you consider having your dog evaluated, you should ask yourself if your dog has these qualities.

That's not all. Therapy dog owners need to have the unselfish desire to help others. Studies have shown that a person holding or petting an animal will cause a lowering of blood pressure, the release of strain and tension, and can draw out a person from loneliness and depression.