Goldendoodles as Therapy Dogs

Our Goldendoodle puppies end up as beloved pets, classroom helpers, and companion dogs.  We recently received this letter and photos about one of our precious puppies who is studying to be a therapy dog.

Just wanted to give you an update on our favorite doodle Murphy (formally known as Blu)! We got him from you guys back in August of 2014 and was born that May so he’s just over 3 years old now. I work at a physical therapy clinic where he comes to comfort many of our patients. He’ll soon be registered as a therapy dog since he does so well. He is so sweet and special to our family, I can never thank you enough for giving us this amazing pet.

Therapy dogs are dogs trained to give comfort. They can work at hospitals, disaster sites, assisted living facilities — or physical therapy clinics!

Goldendoodles make good therapy dogs because they’re intelligent, good natured, loving dogs.

Not only is this what you want in a therapy dog, these are also characteristics that make great family dogs. Here at Platinum Goldies, we make sure that all our puppies are socialized with people of different ages, including children, so they’re comfortable with people.

Goldendoodles also like other animals, as you can see in the picture above of Murphy hiking with another dog. Again, we at Platinum Goldies make sure that our puppies are socialized with other animals.

Some breeds take better to this kind of socialization, though, and Goldendoodles as a breed are naturally friendly and accepting.

Goldendoodles are a designer dog breed created from the combination of poodles and golden retrievers. Poodles are often chosen as therapy dogs for their intelligence and because they’re hypoallergenic — less likely to cause allergic reactions.

Golden retrievers make good therapy dogs because of their calm, friendly personalities. Goldendoodles bring the best of both breeds.

Therapy dogs don’t usually do practical tasks for people, so they’re not usually considered service dogs. However, they have been used with autistic children as well as in health care settings.

Therapy dogs usually work with human volunteers. Learn more at the Alliance of Therapy Dogs.