Are you considering if your pet is suited for therapy work? It makes one ask, “Has your pet gone to any classes or training to evaluate his/her personality?” We should preface what the training community already knows about the temperament of animals training in therapy environments. The best therapy pets have these innate characteristics:
- They adore people and care less for other animals but in any circumstance they love to meet new people (no one is a stranger!)
- They remain physically calm, without leaping, licking, pawing, pulling at the leash or jumping up on people.
- They are non-reactive and they feel secure in any environment (not aggressive or anxious)
- They are able to be very well groomed and healthy.
- They have a sense of working in a structured facility that might have unpredictable behavior by the occupants.