Therapy dogs provide therapeutic care to those in need

When growing up Caitlin was influenced by the 1967 musical “Doctor Dolittle” and was so infatuated with the idea of talking with the animals that she named her first pet Polly, after Dolittle’s macaw, Polynesia.
In pursuit of becoming a “Dr. Dolittle” herself, Caitlin began volunteering for the local parks and rec department when she was 15 and continued to gain experience at local rescues, zoos, and aquariums eventually turning into a Zookeeping career. At the age of 16 she started traveling across the US to attend and learn from conferences every year. She hasn’t missed a trip yet. Caitlin graduated college with an Integrative Animal Biology degree and minor in Psychology.
Caitlin’s Animal Training was formed with the core value of “first, do no harm” when training. By providing in-home puppy raising packages and Service Dog coaching using this philosophy, Caitlin closes the knowledge gap in the community by using up to date and effective modern training techniques. Her goal is for everyone to become their own “Dr. Dolittle”.
Caitlin currently shares her home with a Parrotlet, a Giant Day Gecko, and Reiver her Australian Koolie dog.

Welcome back, readers! Today we’re talking about Kindly Canines, a group of furry friends that are specifically trained to provide affectionate therapeutic care. We discovered them in a recent article by Good Day PA on

The article introduces Brian Bowers and Chantal Wagner, handlers of two of these special dogs. We meet Taz, a mini Goldendoodle, and Quest, a gentle giant weighing 117 pounds. Bowers summarizes the work of Kindly Canines as “spreading joy and comfort” with the dogs they love.

These dogs are used in various places, including hospitals, nursing homes, VA hospitals, schools, libraries, and universities. They are also trained to be calm around medical equipment, making them perfect companions for those in need of comfort.

But where do these dogs come from? Kindly Canines are personal dogs, but they’re affiliated with Alliance Therapy Dogs. To become a Kindly Canine, they go through observation training to ensure they are calm and friendly not only with people, but also with other dogs. It’s a big responsibility for these dogs, as they are exposed to different environments, but their natural love for humans makes it a joy for them.

It’s not just about the dogs, however. The handlers of Kindly Canines are also important. Bowers and Wagner make sure to provide the best care for their dogs, as they know that the dogs’ health and happiness are essential to their success as therapy dogs. They are passionate about their work and it shows in the love their dogs spread.

In conclusion, Kindly Canines are a great example of how dogs can make a difference in the world. Their love and comfort bring joy to those who need it most. If you are interested in learning more about these furry friends or would like to volunteer, visit the Alliance of Therapy Dogs’ website.

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Join one of our courses and start shaping your dog to be happy and obedient today. We make sure every class is easily understood, and that all students reach the same level of expertise needed for their dog.

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