THERAPY OR SERVICE DOG?
Therapy dogs go to places such as schools, nursing homes and hospitals. Schoolchildren, residents, and patients enjoy a variety of activities with their visiiting keen dog including tricks, games, and fun 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 service keendog (Keen K9) 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 more 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 good associations. It is important that your keen dog master basic skills such as “leave it”, sit, stay, down and come. For further information regarding the process of certification, please contact a national organization such as PetPartners.