Therapy Dogs

Barbet currently work as Therapy Dogs in Europe and North America.

In the United States a Therapy Dog is a pet that provides “Animal Assisted Activities” or “Animal Assisted Therapy”.   According to Delta Society, these are the terms that human service providers and volunteers use when referring to the involvement of animals in human treatment programs. We do animal-assisted therapy when we work directly with a licensed healthcare or human service provider to help a patient meet specific goals.  We do animal-assisted activities when we meet and greet people to brighten their day, or do a demonstration in front of a group of people.

Therapy Dog Teams are used in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, schools, libraries and many other facilities.  Volunteers can schedule visits once a month or several times each week.  There are opportunities during weekdays, evenings and weekends.  There are many, many opportunities and it is possible for volunteers to find visits that fit their interests and schedule.

The AKC initiated the Therapy Dog (THD) performance title in June 2011 to recognized dogs performing the work.  To find a therapy dog certification organization in the US or to learn more about therapy dog work, check out the AKC site, Some organizations offer evaluations at dog shows where they offer Canine Good Citizen tests.  Some training clubs test following completion of their basic obedience course.

Volunteering as a Therapy Dog Team can be a very rewarding activity for both you and your dog.