I've been getting a lot of inquiries lately about training a dog to be a therapy pet. Therapy pets are the ones that go into hospitals, nursing homes and similar places to help ease stress and bring comfort to humans. For the dogs that can do the job they can certainly make a big impact. Whats important for owners to understand is that the training is actually a small part of the job. Learning to be reasonably obedient is a fairly straightforward and mechanical thing. What distinguishes Therapy animals is that success depends mostly on the dog's native temperament. And this is something they are born with. Below is a statement from Therapy Pets Unlimited that summarizes this key but often misunderstood aspect of the unique role of Therapy Dog.