Ben is a Registered Therapy Dog .
My Instructor said Ben was born to be a therapy dog.
What is a Therapy Dog?
Therapy dogs are dogs who go with their owners to volunteer in settings such as schools, hospitals, and nursing homes. From working with a child who is learning to read to visiting a senior in assisted living, therapy dogs and their owners work together as a team to improve the lives of other people.
What are the requirements of a therapy dog.
The dogs are tested and evaluated by a Certified Evaluator, must be a minimum of one (1) year of age and have a sound temperament. Each dog must pass a temperament evaluation for suitability to become a Therapy Dog. The test will also include the evaluation of the dog’s behavior around people with the use of some type of service equipment (wheelchairs, crutches, etc.).
A Therapy Dog is born, not made. You can teach a dog mannerly behavior, but one cannot change a dog's inherent temperament. When a dog is put under stress, poor or marginal temperament will surface.
We are currently going to A nursing home , a local hospital and a Library for children to read to the dogs
Ben loves his job and the people love his patience and understanding .