Using A Rottweiler As Therapeutic Pet

There are some therapy dogs who simply provide affection and love to those who are ill, and there are some who can actually help with physical therapy and healing. Studies show that interaction with therapy dogs in either plane of assistance speeds the healing process. Rottweilers, despite their tough exterior and questionably negative reputation, make great therapy dogs. Working with your Rottweiler and training him or her to work in therapy can be a rewarding experience for both you and your dog.

In contrast to the aggressive image of the Rottweiler that is conveyed all-too-often, they are actually a very gentle and sensitive breed. With proper training, positive reinforcement, and extensive human interaction, Rottweilers are a fantastic breed to socialize with kids and adults. Unfortunately, so many people fear the Rottweiler due to the reputation created by irresponsible owners that it may take a bit of convincing to get your dog work in a proper therapy program. Although  due to better breeding standards, the reputation of the Rottweiler is on the rise.

Some patients may be reluctant at first, but the Rottweiler’s kind demeanor and love of affection will soon win over most people. Patients will welcome the wagging behind and big brown eyes as a reprieve from an otherwise boring day. The Rottweiler can bring joy and comfort to all hospital patients, from children to the elderly.

Therapy training is intensive for all breeds that go into the field, especially those that work with children. Dogs that are more commonly seen in therapy, like golden retrievers and labradors, also have the requisite training. It is important that your working therapy dog learn not to jump, bark, or display any sort of aggression whatsoever. Jumping can aggravate wounds or illnesses, as well as dislodge IV tubing or contaminate equipment. Barking can startle patients or otherwise make the comfortable, and displaying aggression or growling can be scary and dangerous for children or elderly patients.

There are some obstacles to overcome, such as living down the Rottweiler’s reputation as an aggressive breed, but working in therapy with your Rottie can be an amazing, enlightening, and rewarding experience. With the proper training and lots of love, your Rottweiler can become a therapy dog that brings joy to many people who are ill. I think that you will find that the Rottweiler breed is very capable of close bonding with it’s owner and will strive to please once properly trained.

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