Dogs are wonderful creatures and they make very considerate companions. Throughout the ages, we’ve heard stories of dogs helping their master recover from trauma, ailments and accidents. Based on the many success stories of dogs helping their master recover, a group of scientist studied dog training therapy and how it can be useful in helping sick people find the courage to overcome many medical obstacles. According to experts who have studies the benefits of dog training therapy, the unconditional love that dogs often give to their masters is something that is very empowering on the part of their owners. The presence of the dog and its undying loyalty can inspire its owner and help him or her see things in a more positive light.
As dog training therapy becomes more and more accepted as a means of helping patients recover from their ailments faster, there are now many hospitals and clinics that facilitates dog visitation. Children’s hospitals are specifically very open to the idea of dog visitation. Children and dogs belong to each other thus a visit from their dogs could really kids cope better with their illness. According to studies, children are usually very much attached to their pets and it means a lot to them to be able to hold their dogs. Very sick children usually brighten up when they see their dogs.
Since not all children have dogs of their own, some children’s hospitals have their own dog ambassadors. These dog ambassadors are well trained on the proper ways to meet and greet people as well as other dogs. All dogs that are involved in these dog training therapy sessions are certified as therapy dogs, meaning, they have passed the rigid standards of canine good citizen test. These ambassador dogs a well-mannered and well-groomed so they are not really a threat to a sick child. Furthermore, since these dogs work in hospitals and around sick children, these dogs are very familiar with hospital equipments. In most cases, therapy dogs are trained to work around hospital equipments thus is less likely for these dogs to run around and knockdown some equipments.
Labradors are usually used as ambassador dogs because they are very friendly, well-adjusted and wonderful with children. According to experts, the Labrador is very mild tempered and it is neither aggressive nor territorial. Unlike some other big dogs, the Labradors are most likely to befriend strangers than snarl or intimidate them. Furthermore, the Labradors are easy to train thus making them very suitable for dog training therapy.