A Rottweiler as a Therapy Dog

 

Do you know that Rottweilers, despite their tough appearance and well-publicized negative reputation, make excellent therapy dogs?  Many studies have shown that with proper training, a Rottweiler can help provide the simple love and affection which are often craved by those who are ill or physically inadequate. A Rottweiler has also been show to actually help persons undergoing physical therapy and convalescence. It is able to provide a different kind of interaction that contributes a positive light to the healing process.

When you undertake the task of working with your Rottweiler and training your dog to prepare him/her for therapy work, you will find that it can be both a rewarding and satisfying experience.

All too often, many have chosen to paint an all too-negative picture of the Rottweiler.  However, many Rottweiler owners have found out that Rottweilers are actually a very easygoing and receptive breed. All it needs is appropriate training, positive support, and extensive interaction with people. If given the proper training, a Rottweiler can be your and your kids’ best friend.

But many people fear the Rottweiler because of much publicized horror stories of Rottweilers attacking people and even their owners.  However, many don’t know that Rottweilers which are the culprits of such random acts have become monsters because of their IRRESPONSIBLE owners. Thus, many properly trained Rottweilers often find it hard to be considered seriously for a therapy program.  You will need time and a bit of convincing for your dog to be considered a valuable part of the program.

Better standards set for the breed has greatly contributed to the general acceptance and mounting reputation of the Rottweiler.

Initially, patients may seem reluctant to let a Rottweiler be part of their recuperation. But that façade of reluctance and apprehension will slowly crack when a Rottweiler’s kind demeanor and thirst for affection will shine through its fierce exterior.

In time, patients will surely welcome the seemingly fierce giant with its wagging tail and big brown eyes as it makes its way down the aisle. They will provide color to an otherwise boring day at the hospital or at a nursing home.  Anyone from 1 to 100 will surely adore the pleasure and warm comfort that a Rottweiler therapy dog can bring.

All breeds of dogs that will be used in a therapy program will have to undergo intensive training particularly those who will get to work with children.  Whether it may be a Labrador Retriever, a Golden Retriever or a Rottweiler, no dog is exempted from obligatory training. A dog should be taught not to show any sort of aggression including jumping on people or barking when meeting with patients or along the corridors.  This behavior is very important not so much as to allay the fears of patients and other people, but to prevent untoward incidents such as dislodging IV tubing or contaminating equipment. 

Barking can also be scary for children or even elderly patients and create feelings of apprehension and fears. Thus, an untrained or half-baked therapy dog will be counter-productive to the therapy program.

Indeed, a Rottweiler will still have to overcome more obstacles before it can rightfully take its place in a therapy program without the prejudices being tied to its reputation.