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Question I want to find a puppy for therapy

I will be getting a puppy in the future.I want to use him or her in therapy.
How can i recognize a puppy that would be a good match?Will a breeder be able to tell which puppy in their litter would be good for that.I volunteer at our local hospital now,i would like to find a puppy that i could eventually take to nursing homes and hospitals for visits.Thanks for any info.
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Yes, an experienced breeder can find the right match for you. The process can happen a LOT faster if you completely don't worry about color or sex.
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I had a great breeder help me get a dog with all the features I was looking for. I wanted to do agility and therapy and obedience, and I can do all those sometimes on the same day I also think A LOT of the work is up to you as well as a breeder does what they can for 10 weeks but if you don't keep up on the socialization, etc. You may not have the same dog. I personally find it is a lot easier to train an outgoing and energetic dog than one who is mild mannered. While it seems counterintuitive, I find they do the best with therapy work cause there is a stress element. Like I have a dog that is probably between a 9 to a 10 on the energy scale and she is one of the best therapy dogs. She doesn't get stressed and can go for hours. Where as I have a Hav who is probably a 5 on the energy scale and she gets to stressed walking into brand new environments with totally new people and sitting on their laps. Not sure if that makes sense but that is what I have found with my therapy dogs.

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Thanks amanda,I would have thought the opposite would be true.Hopefully I can find a great breeder to help me out.I am retired so i have the time to put in the work.
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A breeder can lead you to the right dog but the rest is up to you. Learn ahead of time how to introduce him into your home and how to set clear guidelines for him. If you have a therapy training facility in your area, I'd go talk to them before getting the dog

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Virginia, I agree with what Amanda said. I think a confident dog helps to make a good therapy pet. They should also be patient and friendly. They are constantly exposed to people of all ages, unusual ennvironments, and new experiences. Your breeder should help you choose the right pup with the best temperament for therapy work. However, its up to you to really emphasize socialization as soon as you get your pup. Go for obedience classes, take your dog frequently to busy places where there are people and distractions, and encourage strangers and children to meet and pet your dog. I did obedience and agility with Maddie first, and I have to say it really enhanced her confidence, although she's always been a confident dog.

As Tom said, concentrate on temperament, not on color or sex of a pup. A really good breeder should be a great help in selecting the best puppy for you.

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Hi:

I think the breeder can be very helpful in finding the right puppy to train for therapy.
My breeder told me Racquet would be ideal for therapy as he was smart and middle of the pack.
I socialized him daily for six months which helped to develop his outgoing happy personality. He now runs into the schoolrooms for the Paws to Read Programs.

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How exciting for her. I admire those who do therapy with their dogs; my mother in law did that until a couple of years ago when she could no longer drive to various places.
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How exciting. You will pick the right dog I'm sure.

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