Though therapy dog training is vital, many people are still unaware about such training methods that are used by a very few dog trainers in Wilmette, IL. If a dog is trained to provide care and affection to people in hospitals, nursing homes, health care centers, old age homes, hospices, retirement homes, sober living homes, etc., then it is called a therapy dog.
These dogs are also used to treat people with disabilities. Many people think that only a few dogs like Labrador retriever or Golden retriever or a Terrier can be used as therapy dogs, which is a wrong notion. Any breed of dog, of any size if trained by a good dog trainer who is specialized in such training can be used as a therapy dog. Whether a dog owner is going to use his puppy as therapy canine, still therapy training can be given to sober down an ill-mannered and misbehaved one. For proper therapy training, the owner of the canine should approach certified dog trainers who would be able to give proper training. A dog trainer if not aware of proper training methods or if an owner would like to give home-training for a dog to be a therapy dog, then the following tips can be followed.
“A dog trainer should be patient enough when he is handling a dog or a puppy. Too much of impatience with the pup may scare it and further training would become utterly difficult.
“A therapy dog needs to be AKC certified and should be at least a year old. He should have passed a graduation from a certified training institute.
“While training, it should be taught to handle sudden noise and sounds like electronic and metallic sounds, sounds of walkers and wheelchairs, etc.
“The trainers should also take care to train the dog specially in greeting people without bouncing or leaping, walking in crowded place very politely with its leash on, not touching spilled food if given a cue, etc.
“It should also be trained not to growl or snap if a socially challenged person pulls its ears.
“The trainer should be able to assess when the dog is ready. The dog should be temperamental and should not be aggressive. However, before certification as a therapy dog, it would undergo temperamental and obedience testing.
“The trainer should insist the owner to make the therapy dog become wary of strangers and not bark as and when he sees a stranger, as he would be meeting new people each day.
If you are a dog trainer in Wilmette and are interested in specializing in therapy dog training, then the above said tips and tricks would be really useful.