I am looking for a small female dog to train for Pet therapy. Anyone have any ides what would be a good breed? I am 62 yrs. old and in good health but I want a dog that will be fairly easy to train andI can put on a patients bed or lap.
Japanese Chin are small, loving, very easy to train, and total lap dogs. Not yappy or snappy, and require very little grooming. They are affectionate, and would prefer to spend the day being petted. They make wonderful therapy dogs. Two other great small breeds would be Havanese or a Coton De Teulear, but they require a little more grooming. Japanese Chin Rescue Org has several females available at this time that would be great for what your looking for, and also really need a home. Visit their website at : http://www.japanesechinrescue.org I think they have a blind boy that is already a therapy dog looking for a permanent home. Cou can also check the Havanese and Coton rescue orgs. Good Luck !!
i have a cocker spaniel, she is a therapy dog. she is great with the patients. i always ask first before sitting her on a lap. there are so many patiens who bruise or bleed easily. this would be a question you would have to ask at the nursing station, also if they like dogs. you would be surprised how many don't want them near them at all. it really is nice though to go and visit. we had taken a long break over the winter due to weddings, retirements etc. getting back into it now, nicer with the warmer weather coming. our group is called "caring paws"
i have a pug who is in training to be a therapy dog. they are really loving and people oriented. a calm shih tzu, or even a miniature poodle, too. a poodle has been a therapy dog at my work. others are a cavalier king charles spaniel, or a maltese. many times mixes of these are great, too.