Jonah- Certified Therapy Dog

by Diane
(San Antonio, TX)

Jonah and his kitty

Jonah and his kitty

Our Coton, Jonah, became a Certified Therapy Dog last week. We are so proud of him! He has a cat "sister" who he loves very much. We got him from another family who could not care for him any longer. He is just a wonderful, sensitive, and intuitive little guy.

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Jun 29, 2018
Jonah and how to get certified NEW
by: Anonymous

I do not know about emotional support or certified support certifications. I am familiar with service dog certifications (which certify a dog for a specific purpose in support of a person needing assistance.)

Our dog, Jonah, is certified as a Therapy Dog. In the U.S., this means that our dog is registered and certified to visit specified places such as hospitals, schools, nursing homes, etc. to provide comfort to groups of people. Our organization, Therapy Animals of San Antonio, assign these locationsnto us based on our preferences and our dog's abilities.

If you are interested in learning how to certify your dog, search the internet for Therapy Dog groups in your local area. In San Antonio, for instance, there are at least 8 organizations that can assist you with certification information.

In general terms, a potential therapy dog must be relatively calm and obedient. The first step in certification is to teach your dog basic obedience- sit, stay, down, leave it, etc.

The second step is to ensure that your dog can remain comfortable and unstressed around loud sounds, confusion, moving equipment, etc. We took our dog to various stores (with permission) and also visited a wonderful Assisted Living Facility (also with their permssion) to orient him to wheelchairs, confused patients, etc.

If you would like to ask me any other questions, my e-mail is:

Good luck! 🐶

Nov 28, 2017
Would like more info NEW
by: Anonymous

On how to make this happen...we have a little girls that I think would be awesome

Nov 28, 2017
Jonah. Therapy dog NEW
by: Anonymous

What a brilliant decision to use these sensitive, lovable and totally devoted breed as therapy.
Being small and cuddly and with a soft coat they must make a perfect dog for therapy.
I just might consider it.

Nov 28, 2017
What protocol did you do to get your dog certified NEW
by: Michelle Martens

My dog was approved by my doctor as a emotional support dog. He wrote it on a prescription pad.
Is there a difference from certified support and emotional support!

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