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Preparing A Dog For Therapy Dog Training

Have you been thinking about training your family pet to be a therapy dog? Therapy dogs offer a wonderful service to those in nursing homes, hospitals, libraries and the like.

Here in Greenville, SC, I recently heard of a program where children just learning to read can come to the library and practice reading in front of therapy dog! The sweet dog lies there and calmly listens as they eagerly practice phonetics and sight words, and rewards them with a snuggle or kiss for their effort. What a confidence booster!


Monroe News photo by TOM HAWLEY Gavin Regalado, 9, of Lambertville, reading “If You Give a Dog a Donut” to Finnie, 14, a Golden retriever owned by Sue McClay of Slyvania as part of the Dog Paws to Read program at the Bedford Library Branch. The dog owners are members of the  Therapy Dogs International chapter 261. If you have a calm, submissive pet, consider training your pet to be a therapy dog. Below is a great video produced by TVLesson.com, on preparing your dog for Therapy Dog Training. It is a such a wonderfully rewarding way to bond with your best friend while serving your local community.


For more information about Therapy Dog training, testing, and certification, check out these links: 

Greenville, SC/Upstate SC

Paws 2 Care

SCDogs Therapy Group

For other local groups, try to Google Search “therapy dog” with your city/state. There are so many choices out there, it was impossible to list them all!