Poodles make excellent therapy dogs

The warmth and comfort of a dogs loving touch can calm and soothe the body, mind and spirit of a person.  Millions of poodle owners and pet owners know just how healing it can be to have a quiet cuddle with your four legged furry friend.

poodle with an elderly woman

Poodles make excellent therapy dogs

But on another level, a real trained therapy poodle or dog can provide those in need with a life changing experience that can really help to boost spirits that so desperately need some extra love and comfort.  Those challenged with being bed ridden in hospitals or those dealing with life changing disabilities and enduring hardships get a special kind of a boost from therapy dogs and service dogs.

Therapy dogs come in all shapes and sizes and they bring a wonderful gift of love with them everywhere they go.  By holding, petting and just seeing the loving eyes of a therapy poodle or therapy dog, a person can feel loved and comforted in a way that is genuinely healing to them.

Therapy dogs are an important part of many institutions like schools and hospitals or nursing homes.  In most cases, these institutions require that the therapy animals have passed the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen Test, as well as having had special training.

While many different sizes and breeds of dogs have been used as therapy dogs, a small dog, like the miniature poodle, can be ideal.  A large dog like a Golden Retriever or a Labrador may be too big to sit on a person’s bed.  People like smaller dogs for that reason and they can easily be picked up ad placed at an elderly persons bedside so the patient can pet or play with the dog.

The Poodle is a perfect candidate for being a therapy dog.  It is one of the most intelligent of all of the breeds of dogs and it is a quick learner.  Many poodles are therapy dogs and even a few have been employed by the Japanese police force as worker dogs.

They are both beautiful and smart, as well as hypoallergenic, so they are a great breed for those who are sensitive or suffer from allergies.

The standard poodles and the smaller ones have been used both in hospitals as well as many school programs.  One such poodle is a white standard poodle named Ariel, who assists in reading programs and comforts students at Rodriquez Elementary School in Harlingen, Texas.

While Lucy, our beloved gray miniature poodle is not trained to be a therapy dog, she provides the members of this humble household with the loving comfort only a dog can offer.  It’s the simple gift of love that can change a person’s life in the most magical way.