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The Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier is widely known as a happy dog with a good disposition. This makes them ideal dogs to use as therapy visitors for special needs children.
Of course, the Wheaten Terrier must also be well trained. Because of its large size, its over-exuberance could hurt a child if the dog has not been reined in somewhat. [...]
As many owners of the Shiba Inu know, the breed is extremely animated which is part of its charm and appeal. They are very spirited as well as loyal and trainable, when a disciplined regimen is applied. And as dogs are known to do, a particular Shiba Inu was there in his owner's time of need and an interesting life was stumbled upon by her and him. Boomer the Acting Shiba Inu is a member of the breed who has catapulted his natural attributes into a successful and meaningful venture for both his owner and himself. [...]
Therapy dogs have become quite popular in recent years and are used in a variety of ways to help meet the emotional needs of those who are ill, among others. [...]
Yes, the Newfoundland makes for an incredible search and rescue dog in instances when bodies of water are involved. But its instinctual and dedicated personality allows for a Newfoundland to save in more ways than one. They are calming, loving, open animals whose instinct is to assist in any way possible. Thus Newfoundlands can do incredible work as therapy dogs for children with autism. [...]
Labrador Retrievers are one type of retriever and very possibly the most popular. They were originally bred to be bird dogs for waterfowl hunting. They loved the water and seemed to thrive and excel at going in the water and retrieving the game that was shot. To this day, the Labrador retriever still loves water and swimming.
Although the Labrador is a wonderful pet, both loving and affection, they also make excellent working dogs. In the United States, there are actually two lines of the Labrador retriever: the field line and the show line. [...]
Though they are widely used, many people are still unfamiliar with the function of a "therapy dog". Therapy dogs are used in a variety of ways to produce a general feeling of well being and comfort to people who otherwise might be lonely or lack physical contact. There is a wide body of anecdotal evidence to suggest that contact with pets is beneficial and therapeutic. [...]
Dogs can do a lot more than just play fetch even though that is enough reason to love them. They can fill many roles and utilize their gifts and senses to help out their owners. They don't even ask for anything but love in return. Kooikerhondjes, for example, can work as duck decoys, hearing dogs, and therapy dogs. These dogs have a lot to offer if only given the chance. Let's see exactly what they can do. [...]
The Chihuahua, that feisty little dog with a courageous personality, makes a wonderful pet for the elderly. Because of their size, they fit well in either a big home or a small apartment. These little dogs are loyal to their human companion and do much better with a couple or single elderly person than in a family with small children.
In terms of exercise, although Chihuahuas love to go on walks, long walks are not necessary and a Chihuahua can get enough exercise playing with their toys and frolicking around the house. [...]
It seems as though everyone has pets these days, but why? What exactly are the best reasons for having a pet? That is, what can they be used for? Toy poodles can be used both as competitors in dog shows and as loving companions. This article will explore both uses.
[h]Toy Poodles in Dog Shows[/h]
The first and one of the most obvious uses of a toy poodle is that of a competitor in a dog show. Given their naturally high intelligence, this breed takes to training very well. Bred down from regular poodles, all members of this breed possess many skills. Throughout time, poodles have been used in many capacities. They have been therapy dogs, performed with the circus, pulled carts, and carried out almost any other task given to them. [...]
Each breed of dog officially recognized by any one of the numerous Kennel Clubs around the world was created for a particular job, like pulling sleds, herding sheep, or hunting vermin. While many of the original dog jobs still exist, others have gradually been phased out, often substituted by some type of competition that represents the original purpose for which a particular dog was bred. The dogs, however, don't know that many of their skills are no longer needed in a traditional sense and many are just bursting at the seams to perform some kind of work. [...]
Unlike many breeds of hunting dogs, the Spinone Italiano has taken a different path when it comes to temperament. It is extremely tame. So tame, in fact, that it does not work well as an aggressive guard dog. It's just too people-friendly to growl at approaching strangers or to challenge their presence. A millennium of specified breeding has brought about a Spinone Italiano that is easy going and affectionate towards people and other animals, no questions asked. [...]
Despite the negative media attention the American Pit Bull Terrier often receives, pit bulls are an intelligent breed of dog that have proven themselves in a variety of service capacities for humans. [...]
Although when most people think of a working dog, they tend to think of a German shepherd, or maybe a Rottweiler, but the truth is, Belgian Sheepdogs are excellent work dogs both as guide dogs for the blind, helpers for the disabled, and therapy dogs for those who need to have a canine friend to help them get through the day. Even in that respect, we often think of the smaller dogs that someone can pick up, or falls into the "lap dog" category. Though they are far from being a lap dog at their maximum weight of 60-65 pounds, they are often more gentle in temperament than the Rottweiler or German Shepherd. [...]
While the hunting instinct is strong in the Rhodesian Ridgeback, their double ability of sight and scent have proven extremely beneficial in a number of search and rescue programs. The Ridgeback can be found worldwide in drug sniffing dog programs but they are used more often in rescue efforts and for tracking down lost persons and sometimes even escapees. Their ability to sniff out quarry plus chase it down comes from their days of hunting in the African bush. Being developed to hunt the African savannahs has also given the Ridgeback a strong self confidence, allowing it to go anywhere in any situation with little fear.
More than anything, search and rescue trainers say it is the attitude of the dog itself and not the breed that matters most. However, the Rhodesian Ridgeback has become a favorite because when out in the field, the breed is all business. They do not often give up or give in unless and until they have accomplished their task. [...]
The Pharaoh hound has been around for many years and has served many roles. In addition to their ability as a show dog, a companion and family dog, they also make excellent working dogs. From the time they were developed over 2,000 years ago, they were effective working dogs. They fulfilled the role of a hunting dog hunting rabbits and small game. They were also in charge of assisting the shepherds in guarding the flocks.
They still have the role of guarding and herding flocks today. They know where the flock should be and manage to always keep it in their watchful eye guarding it from other animals or harm.
The Pharaoh dog is often used in the role of a therapy dog. A therapy dog is just what the name implies. The dog goes to different hospitals, nursing homes and institutions that are in the dog's location and act as a healing benefit to the patients. [...]