Animal-assisted therapy involves the use of trained, certified animals as part of a medical patient's recovery plan. These "therapy dogs" offer emotional support to sick or injured persons, often visiting hospitals and nursing homes. They may also visit schools and day care centers to help educate children about dogs.
Dogs of any breed, size, or age can become therapy dogs but they need the right temperament, socialization, and training. Therapy dogs must be even-tempered, well-socialized, well-trained, and non-fearful.
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