What do our exceptionally trained therapy dogs do?
Utilizing our specially trained dogs, we make individual and group therapy visits to people in hospitals, nursing care facilities, schools, libraries, hospice and other community organizations.
During therapy visits our dogs may help with a patient’s rehabilitation by being brushed or fetching a ball. Our dogs may endure being dressed up in costumes or having their teeth brushed to help children learn life skills. Our dogs may perform tricks to bring a smile to a face, or lay patiently on a quilt listening to a child read a story. These same dogs may nudge a patient’s arm to show affection or wait patiently as an elderly person slowly pads down a hallway holding their leash.
Our Therapy dogs:
- Relieve stress and provide comfort to patients and their families
- Assist in bringing patients in touch with reality
- Provide social stimulation and satisfy a patient’s need for touch
- Listen quietly as children practice and develop reading skills
- Help us teach bite prevention and responsible dog care to children
- Give unconditional love
- Distract from patients; illness and chase away loneliness
- Promote emotional well-being
- Provide support and comfort to patients in hospice care and their families
- Visit homeless veterans who have no access to canine companionship
- Help us educate school children in fire safety
- Make people smile