We know when a dog walks into a room it changes the
energy. A dog will make people stop and
smile, completely forgetting about whatever hardship may be worrying them. This quality can be helpful to people in many
circumstances, whether it be dealing with an injury, illness or just having a
hard time coping with daily life.
Animals have been shown to help alleviate pain, lower blood pressure and
improve healing. The Therapy Dog Program
at Inghram’s Sit N Stay Dog Academy trains dogs to be friendly, patient,
confident, gentle, and at ease in all situations. We teach them be content and composed when
being handled, sometimes clumsily.
Therapy Dogs may also be seen visiting libraries and schools
to “listen” to young children read. In
addition to Basic Obedience Training, Therapy Dogs need special training to
pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen Certificate Test (CGC) and Therapy Dog
International requirements before entering a Therapy Dog Program.