Guest blog written by Annette Vivian, author of Snoopy’s Dogblog.
I used to think that in order for my dog to work as a therapy pet he would have to be the most perfect pooch! That was until my mischievous little pup, Snoopy, passed his therapy dog assessment test with flying colors.
Turns out, Snoopy’s playful personality didn’t mean he couldn’t be a great therapy dog. I trained Snoopy to be sociable with children, adults and other dogs from the time he was a puppy. I also took him with me everywhere I went to help him get used to new environments. This allowed him to become relaxed on car rides. Now he loves going out on adventures!
As a therapy dog, Snoopy goes mainly to retirement and convalescent homes. The moment Snoopy walks into the homes, he is greeted with smiles and questions from the residents and staff. Some people just want to sit and pet him, and he would stay all day if he could—he just loves the attention. It really makes my day seeing all the joy he brings to others.
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