August 18, 2015 | Posted in Andy The Everydog

Everydog-Part-12Most of us often become great service or pet therapy dogs. But, did you know there are some early indicators, according to trainers and researchers, which may predispose a dog to their life’s work?

The benefits of pet therapy have been reported and repeated over and over again. When we pet a dog, we feel happy, relaxed, our blood pressure lowers or stabilizes; our breathing stabilizes, and dog owners tend to live longer than people who do not own a dog.

  • Some signs that a dog may be destined for a career as a “therapist” are often found in their preferred paw; in other words, right-pawed dogs — or those who step off with the right front paw — statistically make good guide dogs.

 

  • Dogs who step off with their left front paw often exhibit the ability to provide creative solutions to tasks, such as holding a bottle of milk in their mouths to feed young sheep.

 

  • Dogs whose fur or hair curls in a counter clockwise pattern appear to be more confident and self-assured.

 

  • At 9- weeks- old, a pup can fully appreciate human companionship and can recognize how we feel. Some researchers say that dogs at this age can understand 100% of human emotion. Dogs, more than any other animal, can read our body language and anticipate an action before we actually perform it. Yes, they when, for instance, we are going to faint or change our physical demeanor.

 

  • At 3 months into guide dog training, the dog will respond to the owner’s call, sit on request and bond with family members.

 

  • At 9 months into guide dog training, the dog has generally reached its full size and will respond to sights and smells.

 

  • Yawning is a sign of empathy. Sure, a dog can be tired. But, if its owner yawns, the dog will yawn, too!

‘Till next time,

~ Andy