When you think about a purpose for Goldendoodles, I’m sure you think about low to non shedding household pets for allergy sufferers…
And you would be correct!
But their exceptional intelligence, trainability, intuitiveness, and friendly non-aggressive gentle loving nature has catapulted them into the world of Service, Therapy and Assistance dogs…
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A SERVICE DOG? –
A service dog is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.
- Guide Dogs
- Seizure Alert Dogs
- Diabetic Alert Dogs
- Autism Dogs
- Companion Dogs
- Search & Rescue
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A THERAPY DOG? –
A therapy dog might be trained to provide affection and comfort to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with autism. Therapy dogs are usually not assistance or service dogs, but can be one or both with some organizations.
I learned a great deal watching Harley “work” in the Tail Wagging Tutors program at the local schools…
Harley and I are now learning first hand that physicians will recommend dogs (and they’re using Goldendoodles!) in hospitals to –
- calm patients
- lower blood pressure
- lower triglycerides
- better mental health
- reduce feelings of loneliness
- and even be there to assist with palliative care
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE AN ASSISTANCE OR EMOTIONAL SUPPORT DOG? –
An Emotional Support Animal is a dog or other common domestic animal that provides theraputic support to a disabled or elderly owner through companionship, non-judgmental positive regard, affection, and a focus in life. If a doctor determines that a patient with a disabling mental illness would benefit from the companionship of an emotional support animal, the doctor writes letters supporting a request by the patient to keep the ESA in “no pets” housing or to travel with the ESA in the cabin of an aircraft.
Therapy dogs can provide many benefits to individuals with special needs.
Today is Harley’s first day at the Medical University of South Carolina’s Children’s Hospitals Pet Therapy program, and I am honored to accompany him as his “handler.” #Igotatitle
We’re off to share some Doodle Love! 🐾 🐾
*I am not a breeder nor a veterinarian. I am a Doodle Mom searching and sharing a better understanding about everything Goldendoodle.
This year over 500 bloggers from across the world will participate in the A-Z blogging challenge.
We will attempt to blog everyday during the month of April (minus Sundays) completing the entire alphabet in one month.
Our Theme? – “Everything Goldendoodle” ❤️