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~  How do I know if my dog is suitable for Animal Assisted Therapy?
~  Can any dog be a therapy dog?
~  What is the best breed of dog for therapy work?
~  Is there an age limit?
~  My dog loves kids. Does that mean he would be a good therapy dog?
~  Can only dogs perform animal-assisted therapy?
~  Do I need any special training?
~  How can I join Rainbow?



HoneyQ How do I know if my dog is suitable for Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT)?
AIf your dog is gentle, loving, and good with people, he or she is a good candidate for AAT. To explore your abilities as an AAT team, try our “Introduction to Animal Assisted Therapy” class! 

You'll learn new ways to interact with your favorite canine and you'll both have some fun along the way.

Q Can any dog be a therapy dog?
ANo. Dogs must be at least one year old, healthy, have evidence of current inoculation, and be able to pass a qualifying therapy dog test.

Q What is the best breed of dog for therapy work?
AThere is no one best breed. In general, a good therapy dog is responsive to its owner as well as other people, has good manners, is willing to learn new things and does not become overly stressed in new or different situations.

Q Is there an age limit?
ASome organizations turn down dogs over a certain age. Rainbow does not automatically refuse a senior dog, but the animal's general health and background is an important consideration. Starting at an older age may be stressful for your dog. Your dog must be at least one year old to sit for the therapy dog test.

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Q My dog loves kids. Does that mean he would be a good therapy dog?
ANot necessarily. Does your dog like kids because he's bigger than they are and can dominate them? Does he like to steal their toys or food? Will your dog respond to commands from a child? Does your dog move fast, knocking children over? How does your dog behave with children when away from home?


Q Can only dogs perform animal-assisted therapy?
ADogs are very popular because they travel well, are familiar, and are easy to train. Having said that, many different species of domesticated animals are being used in animal assisted therapy.

Q Do I need any special training?
A
Rainbow’s Introduction to Animal Assisted Therapy class is mandatory for membership. See the information on our Classes page for more information.

Q How can I become a member?
AInformation on how to become a member can be found on the Membership page.

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