Human beings have recently been engaging in intensive research to understand the health benefits of dogs, especially for patients with mental problems. This has led to an increase in public interest in therapy dogs. As highlighted by (Clark et al., 2020), animal scholars and experts have noted that therapy dogs offer relief to those in anxietyprovoking situations. It further brings comfort to individuals who are lonely and grieving. Therapy dogs equally offer affection to humans in institutions such as schools, nursing, and hospitals.
It also results in love and comfort for individuals who are in facility settings as well as people who need visitation to deal with emotional and physical challenges. However, therapy dogs are not service dogs that offer specific services to individuals with particular needs as well as the ones that can access the public, as stated by the American act of Disability (ADA). Also, they aren't dogs for psychological support who need health care prescriptions and psychiatrists (Melco, Goldman, Fine, & Peralta, 2020). However, these are dogs with special training in interacting with human beings in various situations. Therefore, the analysis of the concept of a therapy dog can enhance the understanding and identification of dogs that qualify for this unique training.
By Dr. Roberto Jimenez
A Licensed Mental Health Provider, a Health Coach & a Professional Member of the Animal Behavior Society
A certificate of completion will be provided at the end of the course.
Therapy Dogs 101 Training