Very often therapy dogs work together as team, close together in small spaces, each devoted to the one person they are working with.
It is important the animals are never reactive to other dogs as a new team member may join the group at any time and immediately they have to get along and stay on the task at hand.
We expect all Pet Partners registered therapy dogs to not be bothered by other dogs, react vocally or physically to other dogs or even to want to play with them.
Mary and Isabel had their first visit this week and Isabel joined three other dogs – most of whom she had never met before. She gave it no thought as she settled in to do what she has been taught to do and does naturally – interact with the new person she is meeting.
Isabel’s first visit was at Danville Services meeting youth living with challenges in a group home environment.
Isabel teamed up with one of our more experienced teams, Kelly and Bailey, to spend time with one specific young girl. Two big dogs were great joy for her. She already knows and loves Bailey but was very excited as well to meet a new dog. She reached out on her own to pet and even hug Isabel, a huge achievement for her.
A first visit tells a lot about the team, both dog and handler. Mary and Isabel are a very solid partnership and can fit in any where we work – but particularly with youth at risk. Isabel is beautiful with her pink bows in her hair and gentle and absolutely knows she is making miracles happen, one paw at a time.
Congratulations to Mary and Isabel … our newest Love Dog.