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People who become a dog therapy team with their dog benefit from helping others. Whether it involves visiting students at schools and libraries, patients at hospitals, or seniors at residential care facilities, the experience is life-changing. Here’s how to get involved and what you can expect.

Therapy dogs have an intuitive sense about the type of behavior that is best for individual patients. Their healing touch can make a profound impact on people and have a positive difference in the world.

Among the many programs available, the Delta Society provides training and testing to become a registered Pet Partners team. Visit www.deltasociety.org to learn more. Through its Angel On A Leash nonprofit charity program, the Westminster Kennel Club facilitates visits by therapy dogs and handlers to partner facilities. Visit www.angelonaleash.org for information.