By May (Grade 5)
Hello there! My Exhibition is about therapy dogs. I like dogs and I was very surprised to learn that dogs can really help people. There are a lot of benefits of Therapy dogs.
This is the cooperation therapy dog team I met while I was on my field trip.
The dogs below are also part of the therapy dog team
I would like to show you the “Power of dogs.”
During my field trip to see how Therapy Dogs train, I had a chance to ask some questions about Therapy Dogs.
Here are some of the things I learned:
Characteristics of a Therapy Dog: Friendly, not too active, calm, quiet, follow
A day in the life of a Therapy Dog: For the most part, the day of a therapy dog is like the day of any other dog: eating, sleeping, playing, walking and cuddling. Therapy dogs do not work the whole day, only 2 to 4 hours.
How to train a Therapy Dog: The dog needs obedience training (like every other dog). And he needs to make himself familiar with several special scenarios and things, such as: wheelchairs, various mobility aids, people who do not act like „normal” people because they have no or less control over their body, mental problems that lead to strange behaviour and people who show no reaction at all like coma patients, and so on.
Hygiene of a Therapy Dog: brushed daily, all necessary vaccinations, wipe with wet tissue for dog’s body (so they don’t bring insects)
What a Therapy Dog does and its effects on people: make people feel happy, relaxed, and it is good break for the client (a pause). Therapy dogs can heal people but not all.
Patients get to feel and stroke the dogs, feed them, and sometimes go outside and play games (such as soccer). They will sometimes jump up into bed with patients and sleep with them.
I will be doing a presentation for Exhibition. Please come to see me in our classroom to learn more!
On the Exhibition Evening, we plan to have a real therapy dog there to demonstrate what they do.