24 December 2022

What does dog therapy consist of?

Dog therapy, or pet therapy, offers a unique approach to improve mental and physical health. It involves interactions between a person and a trained therapy dog to provide comfort, reduce stress, and improve mood. Here's what it typically includes:

  • Visits and Interaction: A therapy dog and its handler visit various settings like hospitals, schools, or nursing homes. Interaction might include petting, cuddling, or playing fetch.

  • Comforting Presence: The presence of a therapy dog can have a calming effect, reducing anxiety and stress.

  • Physical Activity: Walking or playing with the dog can help improve physical health and motor skills.

  • Emotional Support: The unconditional love from a therapy dog can provide emotional support and improve self-esteem.

  • Social Engagement: Therapy dogs can act as social catalysts, encouraging conversations and fostering social interaction.

Therapy dogs are not service dogs. They're trained to provide affection and comfort to multiple people, while service dogs are trained to perform specific tasks for one person.

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Therapy dogs are doing incredible work, bringing joy and comfort to those in need.


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