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.
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).
NOTE: We now require additional information if you are ordering a Teacup Plus (TCP) Harness in any fabric. We need to know the dog's breed, weight, chest measurement, age, and male or female. You can include this information in the Comments portion of your order. If you do not include it, we will contact you for this information before we ship your order. Please review our Harness Sizing page and our Harness Exchange Policy for additional information.
Here you see the 8 Ruffle Harnesses we offer for TherapyDogs. All are available in 9 Sizes. When you order, you will choose the design and size. Each Harness is custom appliquéed with the Therapy Dog Pet Me patch.
Here are the 8 Easy-On Harnesses we offer for Therapy Dogs. All are available in 9 Sizes. When you order, you will choose the fabric and size. Each Harness is custom appliqued with the Therapy Dog Pet Me patch of your choice.
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.