A dog doesn’t have to be a certified therapy dog to brighten someone’s day – it just needs to be well-trained and sociable.
Here is Snowy, a Labradoodle, with my Mum. Snowy lives next door and makes visits for cuddles and treats (but especially treats).
If you have elderly people in your neighborhood, consider reaching out to them with your well-behaved dog. A visit by a friendly dog can really brighten the day.
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand