Dogs often have quirky, sweet, and funny personalities. Some dogs use their good nature to help humans who are having a hard time. With special training, dogs can become certified volunteer therapy animals. These therapy dogs can help children to read, assist people recovering in the hospital, or even comfort grieving people. Therapy dogs are different than service dogs, who are usually paired with one person that needs ongoing assistance, according to the American Kennel Club.
You might not expect to see pit bulls as therapy dogs. Pit bulls are often perceived as aggressive or even dangerous, despite the fact that in the not-so-distant past, pit bulls were a celebrated American breed.
We found seven pit bulls that are certified therapy dogs, and show the goofy, compassionate, and comforting presence that these specially-trained dogs can have. Make sure to follow them on Facebook to keep up with all of their adventures!
1. Skyler the Therapy Dog helps kids read with her sweet personality.2. Lily has helped people in all types of places, including a nursing home, elementary schools, libraries, and a juvenile detention center.3. Stevie is a blind pit bull who helps people at a local detox center in Salt Lake City.4. Buddy is not only a certified therapy dog, but also teaches Canine Compassion classes (with his human mom).5. Peaches was the 2013 Governor Volunteer of the Year in North Carolina!
6. Aladdin’s sweet personality shone through even when he was first found as very emaciated and ill pup. Now healthy and happy, he visits Ronald McDonald House and local schools as a therapy dog!
No matter where you are in the country, you can learn more about therapy dogs (and even get certified!) through Pet Partners. If you’re in the New York City area, check out the Good Dog Foundation.
Do you work with a therapy dog or follow a great therapy dog on Facebook or Instagram? Share your pics and pups on our Facebook page!