PETS AS THERAPY
I’m so excited about my dog Robbie getting assessed to become a Pets As Therapy Dog https://petsastherapy.org
Pets as Therapy says : We enhance health and wellbeing in the community through the visits of trusted volunteers with their behaviourally assessed animals. We provide a visiting service in hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, special needs schools and a variety of other venues all across the UK.
Even though my Maltese terrier (Robbie ) wouldn’t harm a fly and is famously known on” Britains Got Talent as being the most laid -back dog in Britain” .See our 2017 audition https://youtu.be/KCleDYhYr8M
Yet, we cannot know as owners wether our dogs are really suitable to become a “Therapy Dog” .
(Note Please dont confuse emotional support dog with therapy dog .)
To become a Therapy Dog according to the PAT protocol The dog must be calm natured dog when being petted by children or elderly . A therapy dog will be happy to be groomed by the assesment officer and be able to accept treats from strangers gently taking them from the hands .Not all dogs like to be touched or petted for too long . Robbie will have to undergo several tests through a PAT assessment officer . All his vaccination will need to be up to date (which includes flea and worming treatment .)
My goal is that Robbie will be able to enter schools and institutions and join me for therapeutic Yoga with Dogs -Dogamahny TM. Our aim will be to work with vulnerable children and those with learning difficulties .
We are so very excited about this and we will update you of the outcome !
Mahny and Robbie