Therapy dogs often visit schools, nursing homes and hospitals. Schoolchildren, residents, and patients enjoy a variety of activities with their visiting keen dog including tricks, games, and fun-filled instruction on how to care for dogs. The ” keendog ” Keen K9 is instrumental in helping veterans living with PTSD, as well as individuals with anxiety and other conditions.
Service dogs provide assistance for a disabled partner. For example, a keen service dog may guide an individual who is blind. Tasks include retrieving objects, opening and closing doors, collecting laundry, delivering keys, etc. Service dogs are permitted in all public places, however permissions for therapy dogs are limited.
The first step in service or therapy dog training is to make sure your dog is friendly, confident, patient, as well as reliable in all settings. For example, if there is a loud sound your dog will not react. The same is true of unfamiliar people, stressful environments, and handling. Training involves developing positive (good) associations. It is important that your keen dog masters basic skills such as “leave it”, sit, stay, down and come. For further information regarding certification, please contact a national organization such as PetPartners.