While therapy dogs and service dogs perform different tasks, they can help enrich and improve the lives of those they are trained to help. In fact some hard working service dogs can end up essentially becoming therapy dogs for the humans they work with. Especially with our aging population, the demand for both therapy dogs and service dogs should continue to grow and dog trainers can play a key role in helping provide trained therapy and service dogs to work with people in need.
Several new books have come out recently, augmenting some long-time favorites, for those interested in working in these fields. Here is a selection to consider:
Service Dog Coaching - A Guide for Pet Dog Trainers by Veronica Sanchez.
Therapy Dogs - Training Your Dog to Reach Others by Kathy Diamond Davis.
Teaming With Your Therapy Dog by Ann Howie.
Therapy Dogs Today by Kris Butler.
Successful Working Dogs - Select, Train and Use Service and Therapy Dogs by Barbara Lewis.
Teamwork and Teamwork II by Stewart Nordensson and Lydia Kelley. Both written for people with disabilities, both also available in DVDs.
The Magic of Training a Service Dog by Sally Montruchio.