Therapy dogs are dogs who go with their owners to volunteer in settings such as schools, hospitals, nursing homes and public libraries (children's reading programs). From working with a child who is learning to read to visiting a senior in assisted living, therapy dogs and their owners work together as a team to improve the lives of other people. To learn about the differences between therapy dogs, service dogs, and emotional support dogs, please visit this page.
To order, choose one of the basic designs you see below. On the detail page, you will select the harness size. As always, we cheerfully exchange your new harness with a different size if the one you ordered doesn't fit. But for best service, please visit our Harness Sizing page for instructions on determining the correct size.
Note that we can add the Therapy Dog patch to any of our Harnesses.
Our small dog harnesses are ideal for walking your dog. They adjust to fit, go on and off easily, and are safe and secure for your pet. They are machine washable (line dry recommended) and hand crafted in the USA using quality materials reflecting the latest fashion trends. In addition to our harnesses, we make matching Dog Hats, Collars, Leashes, Lightweight Leads, Bandanas and Dooty-Duffels (for discreet pickups).
Therapy dogs typically undergo a training program that leads to the AKC's "Canine Good Citizen" (CGC) certification. This training helps build the bond between the owner and the dog and can reveal if the dog has a suitable temperament for being a therapy dog. After earning the CGC, the owner usually applies for membership in a local Therapy Dog organization. Joining a group is recommended primarily because membership includes insurance, which is often required by institutions that you and your dog may visit. Our dogs at UdogU belong to a group called Sharing Our World Therapy Dogs, Inc.. We often conduct visits as a group and participate in group training exercises. As you can imagine, membership in a therapy dog group can involve considerable social interaction (very important for therapy dogs) between members and dogs alike.
Therapy Dogs are not service dogs. Service Dogs are dogs who are specially trained to perform specific tasks to help a person who has disability. Therapy dogs do not have the same special access privileges as service dogs. Learn more here.