Chihuahuas have quirky, charismatic personalities and they come in a pint sized package that makes them easier to manage than other dogs. But did you know that these little dogs also make excellent therapy dogs? Here are some reasons why.
Chihuahuas are easy to transport
The Chi is the smallest dog there is in the animal kingdom. This comes with some great benefits: it really is no trouble whatsoever to take this little dog everywhere with you! For people who want to enroll their dog as a therapy pet, this is good news. Chihuahuas can be easily placed on people’s laps, and won’t take up too much space in busy hospitals or nursing homes. You can take them on the bus or train easily when you go visiting different care homes.
Chihuahuas are ideal for children, frail and elderly people
Because these nimble little dogs are so lightweight and small in size, they are ideal for sick or infirm people because they don’t take to much energy to handle and are very gentle creatures. Larger dogs can sometimes be difficult for elderly or young children to manage because they need to be restrained on a lead. But Chihuahuas don’t come with that issue and are quite happy to be carried under your arm or popped onto someone’s lap.
Chihuahuas are entertaining
These plucky little dogs are natural entertainers. In fact you’ll never know what they’re going to get up to next! One reason for this is that they are very intelligent. They have even been used by some circus acts because they are so good at learning tricks. So, they are bound to win hearts and smiles if they’re taken on therapy outings, especially if you bring along some interesting toys and treats.
Chihuahuas are natural lap dogs
It’s said that Chihuahuas bond very closely with humans. Because of their size, they are very used to being companion dogs and have been bred to be lap dogs for centuries. So, although they are inquisitive and love to explore their surroundings they’re also used to being petted on someone’s lap and will quite enjoy the attention.
Chihuahuas are said to have healing powers
Long ago in ancient times, these special little dogs were said to have healing powers. The legend is that they would take the illness or pain of their owners and transfer it to their own bodies. Whether or not this is true, there are lots of health benefits to befriending these little dogs, from more smiles and laughter to plenty of cuddles. These things are always good for the health!