Therapy dogs are our personal pets that have been trained and evaluated to provide comfort, companionship and entertainment for those in need.

Therapy dog activities include

  • Visiting area hospital patients along with family members as well as patients in hospice
  • Provide respite to residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities
  • Reading programs for children at libraries
  • Visits at schools to promote well-being and educate students about therapy dogs
  • De-stress days for college students during final exams
  • Visits to the airports providing destress for passengers
  • Present educational programs to local groups such as Brownies, Boy Scouts, Senior Citizens, church groups, etc.
  • Participation in Pet Shows and Health Fairs

A therapy dog must

  • Be at least one year of age
  • If dog is a rescue, it must be owned for at least 6months
  • Be good around other dogs
  • Listen to their handlers
  • Allow strangers to approach and/or pet
  • Be under control by handler at all times
  • Walk on a leash without pulling
  • Tolerate strange noises and smells
  • Not be afraid of medical equipment
  • Not be afraid of people walking unsteadily
  • Be current on all vaccines required by Alliance of Therapy Dogs
  • Have a negative fecal test every 12 months
  • Be clean and well groomed and have trimmed nails

Any dog of any breed or mix of breeds with these qualifications is a good candidate to be a therapy dog.
See Getting Started for more information on getting involved with your dog.