My dog, Toby is a 5 year old Golden Retriever. He is a natural as a therapy dog. He loves people, especially children. He loves pretty much everyone and everything. One of the things he loves the most is working for treats. We work with disabled children and teenagers to help them achieve their therapeutic goals. This is different from programs where the dog goes in to greet people in hospitals or nursing homes. The dog is an active part of the treatment team. For instance, we might put Toby's treats on one side of the room so that the child must walk across to get it. When she brings it back to Toby, she puts it on Toby's nose and tells him to 'hold it' When the child says 'ok' Toby tosses the treat in the air and catches it in his mouth.(usually). If he doesn't catch it, the child must pick it up off the floor and try again. We tell the child it's ok not to do it right the first time. Just keep trying. In this exercise, the child has practiced walking, using her fine motor skills to put the treat on Toby's nose, used verbal skills to give Toby commands. The therapists say they have seen a lot of progress with the children who work with out therapy dogs!