Across NSW therapy dogs have been added to a range of public spaces.
So Dr Innis Cloete, from Kingsway Vet Centre, joined Bec and Jeziel to talk about therapy dogs. “It’s fantastic, they have been used in so many places and have made such a difference to people’s lives.”
But it is important to distinguish assistant dogs and therapy dogs. Assistant dogs are used for an individual’s own benefit. “Blind people or people that have them for a medical reasons. So they are a benefit to that individual.” Therapy dogs go into public spaces to have an effect on people’s emotional and physical wellbeing.
There a few companies that specialise in training therapy dogs. “Some of them don’t make it as guide dogs but they can further train them to become therapy dogs.” Therapy dogs must have a placid demeanour be trained not to jump and walk off a lead. “Some breeds are more prone to have these qualities.” For example, one of his patients is a poodle that goes into aged care homes. “This particular dog is really helpful in older people with dementia and Alzheimer’s. It makes a huge difference in their quality of life.”
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