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Good therapy canine companion?

Aug 26, 2016 6:35 PM

I'm looking to get a therapy dog that I can have as my constant companion. I can't have something very active and it needs to be easy to train. Any recommendations?

Aug 26, 2016 7:07 PM

King Charles Cavaliers and King Charles Spaniels are know for their laziness. Is this just as a companion mentally or would the dog also need to be an assistance dog?

Aug 26, 2016 7:40 PM

Labs make good support dogs from what I've been told. I met a woman with a small Yorkshire Terrier that was trained to alert to her seizures & blood sugar levels for diabetes. My psychologist has 2 she uses in her office for the patients. One is a small mixed breed, and the other was a Shetland Sheepdog, but sadly that one died near Easter. So I guess depending on what you need, they come in all sizes & breeds.

Aug 26, 2016 9:11 PM

The dog would be more of a mental companion. As far as I know right now I don't need an assistance companion

Aug 27, 2016 12:25 AM

There are websites that offer information on service animals- even ones with sources on how to be matched with a service dog to fit your needs (some programs have it trained with you from puppy hood, others don't. All depends on the program).

Aug 27, 2016 1:07 AM

Bichon and Havanese have been great therapy and companion dogs for me.

Aug 27, 2016 6:17 AM

What size are you looking for? How much shedding can you deal with? Do you want to teach it lots of tricks or just basic manners?

Aug 27, 2016 9:33 AM

My fiance would prefer a smaller dog that doesn't shed as much. Tricks would be nice.

Aug 27, 2016 9:43 AM

Maybe a Yorkshire terrier or cross breed would be good?

Aug 27, 2016 1:18 PM

King Charles cavalier spaniel, japanese chin, havanese, and toy fox terriers are all good breeds for what you're looking for. Keep in mind that the individual is much more important than the breed; Stitch is a mix of traditionally high-energy dogs and has adapted wonderfully to my changing situation. :) I'd really recommend visiting a local rescue or shelter. I used to work at a shelter and we had all kinds of dogs come through that would make lovely companions, and we were able to match them up with the right people. Also don't be turned off by adult dogs, raising a puppy is rewarding but it causes so. many. flares.

Aug 27, 2016 1:36 PM

I would say a short coated dog would be good especially if you're in a lot of pain, grooming is difficult sometimes. A boxer, a (believe it or not) pit bull, but if you want to go smaller, then you could do with a Yorkie with a puppy cut so you don't need to deal with all the hair.

Aug 27, 2016 3:43 PM

Any thoughts on a chihuahua? Would it be a good or bad idea?

Aug 27, 2016 4:03 PM

Chis can be really good dogs, but it is crucial that you socialize and train them or they get possessive.

Aug 27, 2016 4:03 PM

I will definitely keep that in mind. Thank you for all your help!

Aug 27, 2016 10:55 PM

For sure! :) my dog had been one of the most therapeutic, wonderful things in my life. Keep us updated!

Aug 29, 2016 4:30 PM

Hopefully gonna go meet this little cutie soon. She is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and my fiance is already in love with her.

Aug 29, 2016 4:56 PM

Love her! Spaniels require some special ear care because they're prone to infections so make sure you ask your vet about how to clean them properly. Any potential names??

Aug 29, 2016 8:06 PM

None yet. We still have to meet her and whatnot. But I don't think naming her will be an issue :)

Aug 29, 2016 11:25 PM

LittleMilkFlower, she's absolutely gorgeous!! I hope that she works out for you. There's nothing like a puppy (and puppy breath!!!) I wish they could bottle that smell. LOL!!! She has such sweet eyes.. I'd call her Lola!! {{{Hugs}}}💕🙏🏻🌻😊

Aug 30, 2016 9:43 AM

She's so cute and looks so kind and caring! Remember to look into good, value for money, pet insurance that covers everything for you. Also, the good thing is that Cavalier King Charles Spaniel love to care for people and other dogs. My cousins got one on advice of a vet because their great dane kept getting ear infections. Anyway, they got the cavalier (and named him oscar) and the great dame (jake) never got any infection again.

Aug 30, 2016 8:27 PM

We went and saw the puppy today and I absolutely had to have her! We paid the down payment and are going to be able to take her home next weekend! I'm thinking of naming her Bride but my fiance doesn't like the way it doesn't roll off the tongue but in my opinion that name suits her very well.

Sep 02, 2016 3:34 PM

Congrats on your new puppy! She is so adorable with those little button eyes!! 🙂💕🙏🌸

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