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What Makes a Great Therapy Dog?

therapy dog at bedside

Marlina Velasco-Barker joins Suzanne to talk about what makes a dog a good therapy dog, and what makes a person a good handler. The dog has to be a willing recipient of multiple pets, accustomed to being in crowded situations, predictable, canine good citizen, ability to adjust to stressful environments and situations, and having confidence. The human also has to be confidence and comfortable. Listen in to learn more.


Visit Washington Therapy Dogs to learn about the state organization, or Pet Partners for national therapy dog information. You can also contact Suzanne or visit their Facebook group.

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Originally published May 25, 2023

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