Tibetan Mastiffs are a hypoallergenic breed that is being used to aid persons in private homes, group homes and group living situations in gaining independence through the use of Animal Assisted Therapy also known as Animal Facilitated Therapy. The ultimate goal would be putting those capable of self care into single living situations. The methodology involves teaching the subject person responsibility through the care and training of Tibetan Mastiffs. The self confidence derived from contact with this animal will be an invaluable tool for the individual involved. The Tibetan Mastiff will provide unconditional love and also promote inclusion, because people in society are more likely to reach out and contact a person who is accompanied by a beautiful, well-behaved dog. Tibetan mastiffs are being used as therapy dogs and personal pets that accompany their owners to various facilities such as hospitals, rehab centers or nursing homes. The skills taught in classes will include working around medical equipment, loud noises, food, toys and other distractions. Today, hospitals and health care professionals are using Tibetan Mastiffs Therapy Dogs as caring, effective additions to their traditional repertoire of treatment modalities. As a result, patients are finding therapy sessions more stimulating, the dogs are enjoying the extra attention and interaction, and Tibetan Mastiff Therapy Dog owners are reaping the rewards of making a difference in others’ lives.
Therapy dog volunteers learn how to assess their dogs’ personalities and training skills to best utilize them in therapeutic environments. Private training classes are also offered to dog owners interested in preparing their pet for therapy dog testing and certification. There are a number of pet-assisted therapy organizations, and each has their own set of prerequisites and guidelines for any handler and dog entering their programs. You will need to check with the particular pet-assisted therapy organization concerning its requirements. The Tibetan Mastiff is a gentle dog of very stable temperament, traits which make him an especially reliable companion. They are utterly fearless, highly intelligent and capable of great devotion to his master. This is a breed with a special affinity for children and are not nervous or irritable and get along well with other dogs. The male and female are much alike in temperament and perform equally well in working situations.