When your dog is a visiting therapy dog, he or she needs to be clean and well-groomed. It’s a good habit to get into with any dog. We had an Irish Setter named Breezy – a terrific dog; not a therapy dog, but our fabulous family dog. She had a regular routine of grooming and bathing. She just loved to be clean (and adored the one-on-one attention she got). Since James visits hospice patients, he gets a quick bath every week. Today he got his trim, as well. Just part of his routine, he’s fine with it. Groom your dog on a regular basis – including clipping his nails, and he’ll simply get used to it and expect it.