Therapy Dogs

 
Our therapy dogs are trained to bring joy and comfort to those who need it. They have advanced obedience training and are well socialized with different animals, people and environments. Their responsibilities are to provide psychological or physiological therapy. Our therapy dogs have stable temperaments and have friendly and easy-going personalities.

Our Happy Dogs program

 
 
 
Here’s the story about Rocco and Tito. Both of them were afraid of dealing with the outside world. Rocco was aggressive towards other dogs and Tito was a rescue that didn’t trust other people and dogs as well. Getting out of the house was a nightmare!

We use training techniques that help to rebuild confidence and trusting relationships between your dog and the many things it interacts with throughout the day. One of those techniques is called desensitization, where we teach you and your dog how to relax in stressful situations. Another is called Counter Conditioning. This technique directly addresses bad behavior that is a result of stressful or negative reactions to your dog's environment. We help to retrain your dog's response to different situations using techniques you can continue to use after working with us. These help channel the dog's energy into a more productive outlet by rewarding them when they are doing the correct behavior. We teach clients how to deal with their “problematic dog” and as soon as the dog starts to respond better owners start to feel more comfortable.

After a few lessons Rocco and Tito started to attend group classes and then they joined us in our therapy sessions at schools, nursing homes and hospitals.
 
 

Our happy dogs are trained dogs owned by our clients and live in our own community. They joined group therapy classes and are well socialized to visit different environments such as schools, daycares, group homes and rehabilitation centers. A lot of our previously aggressive but rehabilitated dogs join our program and share something new and fulfilling with their owners! Their roles vary from dogs that give learning-disabled children the confidence to read out loud, to actively participating in physical rehabilitation therapy. In some cases, a therapy dog will work in an establishment exclusively, such as a psychotherapy practice.