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5 breeds make for excellent therapy dogs

23 Aug 2016 | by | Posted in: Breeds

Therapy dogs are those that can provide assistance or comfort to ill people, to people in nursing homes or hospitals, to elderly people who need a reason to smile or to children with disorders like autism.

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A therapy dog will not provide service like a service dog; instead, it will be trained to lighten up a sick person’s environment, to lift up their spirits and to be their best friend. What better can an ailing person ask for!

Here are 5 breeds that make for excellent therapy dogs:


1. Labrador Retriever:

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A dog breed with intelligent and gentle personality, Labrador Retriever is known to make a wonderful therapy dog.  Not only is it a perfect family dog, but also an obedient breed. Once trained properly, it can do wonders to ailing people.


2. German Shepherd:

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German Shepherd is a strong and versatile dog, created for the protection of its herd. It can be one of the best therapy dogs due to its loyalty and loving nature.


3. Chihuahua:


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A small dog breed, Chihuahua comes in different sizes and is an excellent therapy dog because it develops  a strong rapport with its owner very easily. It sheds less and is an extremely loving creature.


4. Beagle:

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Beagles are self-sufficient dogs, good for people who want a cuddly furry buddy. Because of their extremely friendly nature, they make wonderful therapy dogs.


5. Poodle:

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Available in 3 varieties, Poodle responds well to training as it’s a highly intelligent dog breed. Since they are hypoallergenic, they are a good option as a therapy dog for people with allergies.

Dogs can be excellent companions even in tough times! Adopt a pup right away if you want a friend who will stay with you through thick and thin.

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