A therapy dog is a dog that has been trained to provide affection and comfort to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with Autism. Those dogs you see walking around with people in the supermarket are usually service dogs or assistance dogs. There is a common misconception between them. But, to answer the question asked in the title… Of course they do!…. Kind of.
That is, of course they do with the proper training. The main goal a therapy dog has is to bring a certain level of calmness to people around them. With many breeds of dog, if you do not love them and show them attention their temperament will be poor. they may turn destructive if left unattended and not cared for. So, if you are considering a Goldendoodle as a therapy dog, keep that in mind.
Also, get your Goldendoodle from a reputable breeder. It is important that you know your future therapy dog and companion came from a place where they were well fed and cared for in a clean, sheltered environment. Otherwise, it is going to be a lot of work training your Goldendoodle out of potential nervous habits. Your dog’s emotional state is very important to their potential therapy dog ability.
Check out this story out of Pennsylvania. It features Bernie who is a tan Goldendoodle puppy. He’s training to be a therapy dog at a funeral home in Bentleyville, PA. Helping us grieve is just one of the many great jobs a therapy dog can do.
So, if you have some free time on your hands and would like to give back to your community, consider having your Goldendoodle trained to be a therapy dog. Call up your local hospitals and nursing homes and ask them about therapy dog programs. It is very rewarding work. Bernie seems to agree!