How one family dog became a certified therapy dogHow one family dog became a certified therapy dog

You might think of service dogs as highly trained dogs raised from puppies. They are specially trained to assist people with disabilities. It might surprise you to discover that service dogs can come in all shapes and sizes and offer various services. It might surprise you that pet owners can train service dogs just like you. Continue reading to find out if your dog is qualified to become a service dog and if you are qualified to train service dogs.

A new best friend

 Their beloved furry friend, but a new challenge presented itself: Billy needed surgery to remove a brain tumour. The surgery went well, and the couple decided it was time to get a dog. The next day, the couple also visited an adoption fair in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While his wife perused the puppies, Billy took a break and sat down. When she returned home, the dog was calm and peaceful amid all the barking, crying, and people. ” the dog to see him, and they were best friends by the time I got back. Sherman was the one. He was there for Billy during the weeks he had to be at home following his surgery.

A Born Service Dog

.During the drive, she discovered Pets are Love , a program where therapy dogs visit assisted living residents. Sherman was an ideal fit for her as soon as she found out about the requirements. He loves meeting people. He is also sensitive to our emotions and will always be there for us when sad or stressed. It seemed like a mutually beneficial idea to have him become a therapy dog. She decided to train service dogs.

Get Certified

The Carrs found that training a service dog as a therapy dog took less time than expected. Sherman had to pass the “Good Citizen Test” first to become certified. This involved Sherman being approached by both children and adults. Sherman was put through a series of tests by a tester hidden within the group to assess his temperament and how he would respond to stressful situations. Sherman was asked to pull his tail and shout, open an umbrella in front, throw a soda bottle filled with pebbles at him, and then toss a soda can in front of him. Joy says that although it sounds brutal, Joy believes it is necessary to understand how dogs react to stress. 

A Service Dog is a part of your everyday life.

 The assisted living residents, and it is mutually beneficial. “Many of them tell us stories about pets they have had in the past or had to give up when they moved into the assisted living centre.”  parents love the opportunity to make the residents’ lives brighter and enrich the lives of their beloved dogs. They are aware of Sherman’s limitations and needs. He loves to see everyone, but, like all humans, he eventually reaches a point where he’s done with the day and requires a break.

 Plan to continue bringing Sherman to assisted living centres every month, but there may be an opportunity to expand Sherman’s services in the future. Joy, a Youth Librarian at Tulsa County Library, believes Sherman could be a good fit for a monthly reading program at her library where children can sit with therapy dogs and read to them. “I would love to see that happen!”