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Dogs have that special ability to provide comfort in even the most horrific times. Comfort dogs or therapy dogs help lift the spirits of those who need it the most. Just a few days ago, several groups brought their groups of dogs in to help ease the pain of the shootings in Newtown http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/comfort-dogs-helping-ease-pain-sandy-hook-tragedy-article-1.1222295.
Dogs seem to have an innate ability to sense when people are sad or are in need of comfort. Just having the ability to pet a dog can change the emotional state of most people. Therapy dogs routinely provide comfort to those people in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and more. These dogs can be any breed, they just need to have an outstanding temperament, and enjoy being touched by strangers of all sorts, including children. They also need to be good around other animals.
Becoming a therapy dog team can be extremely rewarding for both you and your dog. It is heartening to watch people’s health improve just by coming into contact with animals. If you think this is something you would like to do, you can start by contacting Therapy Dogs International – http://www.tdi-dog.org/.