There's nothing quite like the warmth of a cold nose. Cuddling up with a canine friend can boost your spirits when you're feeling low. Therapy dogs provide comfort to people in hospitals, nursing homes and schools, and to those with disabilities and enduring difficult situations. While service dogs directly assist people, therapy dogs simply soothe people who need a furry friend through petting, holding, and sometimes doing simple tricks or playing games. Whereas service dogs are legally defined, therapy dogs are not. Insidermonkey experts made a list of 11 best small service dog breeds for therapy work.
While any size dog can be a therapy pet, small dogs in particular are well-suited for the job because they can be lifted into beds if a person is immobile. They also can be held more easily than larger dogs. When it comes to therapy dogs, temperament is most important. They should be friendly, gentle and have a calm demeanor. They also should like to be petted and handled. You can also check our list of 10 Best Service Dog Breeds for PTSD.