Cocker as a Therapy Dog?

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Operation- Stuffed Animal
Barked: Wed Oct 22, '08 8:48am PST 
I am interested in training Wookiee to be a therapy dog. Has anyone had much experience with this breed? Wookiee is very mellow and is a quick learner. But I have heard conflicting views on this breed being successful as service/ therapy dogs. Any thoughts?


Living in the- Moment SS~
Barked: Thu Dec 11, '08 6:40am PST 
Hi! I am my mom's service dog and I have been trained to be a therapy dog as well. She feels we are a great breed for any type of work as long as we have had training. I am laid back and easy going. My sister on ther other hand is hyper and has had significant less training than I have had. Tara just came to live with us. She is extremely loveable but not as approachable as I am. I am cool with wheel chairs, canes, casts . . . Tara sometimes barks at some people, but I love everyone!!! We both love children!!!

It all depends on your temperment and training. You must be well groomed for each visit. When we were in training for therapy dog, everytime we made a visit we had to have a bath prior. Mom says she would start with the Canine Good Citizens exam. If you pass that then take a class that will prepare you for therapy visits. Mom is training Tara prior to taking the CGC class. She likes for all her dogs to have their CGC.

Feel free to contact my mom with any questions. She says Cockers are the Best we can do just about anyithing within limits of our small stature!!! smile blue dog

Operation- Stuffed Animal
Barked: Tue Feb 10, '09 8:15am PST 
Thank you Spencer for your insight!


AKA Pickle
Barked: Sat Oct 18, '14 3:04pm PST 
My 5-year-old Cocker, Dillon, has been wonderful a therapy dog for 4 years! Not only is he excellent he LOVES it! My husband has commented several times that he becomes a different dog when he puts his vest on.

He does best in small groups or one on one interactions.