I am thinking of doing making shadow a therupy dog, and bringing her to hospitals or nursing homes. She LOVES everyone, she doesn't nip or bark, and she only jumps on me, or my mom. With everyone else, so wwags her tail so ahrd it seems like it will fall off, and thn she sits on their feet, or up really close. She's VERY affectionate with everyone. Do you think she'd make a good therupy dog? Or should I try agility? Do you think they'd let a dog part pit bull be a therupy dog? (some people aren't that smart).
I was looking into therapy dogs for a while. I thought it was a great idea, but I think my little one will never be calm enough. From everything I've read it might matter depending upon what association you go with that your dog is a pitt mix. Therapy Dogs International has higher test standards than St. John's Ambulance. TDI had a longer list of requirements to pass, and SJA's test looked more like the canine good citizenship test with a few parts added in.
You could always email a few of the local therapy societies near you and randomly ask. You might get a positive answer.
One of my hubbies clients has dogs in therapy and they gave us one of thier monthly TDI news flyers.It listed pages of the dogs names owners and breeds of the registered dogs.I think there was 1 APBT and 2 staffies.I think its a really good idea to get a dog especially a pitbull into something like that cause i feel it will help to better the breed name.We are also going to do the therapy thing with our pups when they are old enough and have gone through all of the training classes.Petsmart can certify your dog for therapy.They have to pass all the puppy class stages and then a therapy training course and get their Canine Good Citizen Certifacate.It sounds like alot and i think its $100.00 a class but in the end IMO its worth it.
Im sure there may be other ways to go about it but i was just letting you know my info on the subject =)
Each therapy dog program has different requirements. All of which seem to require that the programs testers do the test for your dog. Being certified by petsmart is cool, but each orginization has different test criteria, and specifies that only their testers can give your dog the test, so you could dish out cash to petsmart, and in the end still have to be evaluated by whoevers therapy association anyhow.
Not trying to be negative, just After going through some petsmart training, I'm not sure that getting petsmart to evaluate a dog as a therapy dog might count for much.
You should totally try for it! I was thinking of doing it for Hutner as well. I have contacted the people in my area that do the testing, so I would just have to start the training. Let me know if you decide to do it, that would be really neat :)
What a cute baby! She looks so sweet, I can't see how anyone could turn her away, pit mix or not. I think you should go for it.
I know the Humane Society where I am (Oregon) offers classes on becoming therapy dogs. I remember the classes seemed expensive but it seems like it would be very rewarding for everyone involved. Good luck!
Oh how sweet your dog is! How cute! I think you should go for it I mean personally I think Pits would make very good therapy dogs. And it would really help the breeds rep if more did that.
I am in the process of looking for a building to use as a shelter for rescuing pits here in Augusta and I am going to train as many as I can for the hearing impaired. These dogs make great service dogs for the deaf.
I have had several of my danes and now the collies as volunteers both at nursing homes and at Head Start. The dogs bring untold joy to those. In fact, at one of the nursing homes one of the residents set a goal of being able to get up from his wheelchair to hold the leash and walk one of my collies. It took us 6 months but we finally did it. What a great day that was and Sophie seemed to realize what she had helped accomplish
I was reading recently that temperment has more to do with being a therapy dog than breed so if you think your dog is cpapble take an obedience class and see what the trainer says. I have found wonderful and very knowledgeable trainers at PetSmart. We drive 60 miles one way each week to take our dog to class there as we could not find someone locally we felt as comfortable with.
Someone made a good point about PetSmart not certifying therapy dogs. Our dog is attending a PetSmart Adnvanced Obedience class and it will conclude with the Canine Good Citizen Test which is a pre-requisite for some therapy associations. Our dog will then go to classes at a facility that will train and certify him/us as a Delta Society Pet Partner Team. This is the acutal Therapy dog certification. It is not cheap at $100 a class at PetSmart and $145 for the AAT training and then fees to Delta Society but it is well worth it to me. My dog is very social and likes to be out with people, particularly children.
CollieMom- Can you tell me more about working with Head Start? This is something I really want to do when Josh is finished with his courses.