Meet Bella

Therapy Dog

Bella: Our TDI* Therapy Dog

A therapy dog is a dog trained to provide affection and comfort to people in hospitals, retirement home, nursing homes, schools, people with learning difficulties, and stressful situations, such as disaster areas.

Therapy dogs come in all sizes and breeds. the most important characteristic of a therapy dog is its temperament. A good therapy dog must be friendly, patient, confident, gentle, and at ease in all situations. Therapy dogs must enjoy human contact and be content to be petted and handled, sometimes clumsily.

A therapy dog's primary job is allow unfamiliar people to make physical contact with it and to enjoy that contact. children in particular enjoy hugging animals; adults usually enjoy simply petting the dog. The dog might need to be lifted onto, or climb onto, an individual's lap or bed and sit or lie comfortably there. Many dogs contribute to the visiting experience by performing small tricks for their audience or by playing carefully structured games.

Our first priority is to be sure your visit is as comfortable as possible at the Counseling Center. Please do not hesitate to let us know if you would prefer Bella not to be in the waiting room while you are here.

*TDI: Therapy Dogs International, a non-profit organization that provides handlers and Therapy Dogs for visitations to institutes, facilities and any other place where Therapy Dogs are needed.