Therapy Dogs Providing Comfort and Affection

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All about therapy dogs

Definition

Therapy Dogs 2Therapy dogs are dogs trained to provide comfort and affection to people in

♦ Nursing homes,
♦ Retirement homes,
♦ Hospitals,
♦ Hospices,
♦ Disaster areas,
♦ Schools
♦ and to people with learning difficulties.

Origin

Like many things in life, the idea of therapy dogs began by accident. During World War II friends brought a Yorkshire Terrier named Smoky to the hospital to cheer up a soldier by the name of William Wynne. Soon Smoky had befriended other wounded soldiers.

Smoky routinely visited with other soldiers and slept with William Wynne.  Smoky’s career as a hospital therapy dog continued long after the war.

As time went by, health professional began to notice how animals in hospitals could help to relieve stress, elevate mood and reduce high blood pressure.

Schools

School counsellors began using dogs in schools.  They are used to help children read, help them pay attention or simply comfort them when they are being given some bad news.

Airports

At least one airport uses dogs to help relieve stress and calm travelers before their flights.

Cancer & PTSD

Trained therapy dogs visit patients in cancer wards.  They help calm people with PTSD.  From a lost World War II puppy to present-day therapy dogs, the concept has come a long way.

More information about therapy dogs

Get more information from Wikipedia.

 

YouTube therapy dog example 

Follow Fraser, a black lab-golden mix, who has been a part of HCA Virginia’s unique Pet Therapy program since 2007. For several years, Fraser has spread comfort, compassionate care and joy to the faces of countless patients and staff at Chippenham and Johnston-Willis Hospitals from Tucker Pavilion and the Thomas Johns Cancer Hospital to many other areas. Catch a glimpse of how pet therapy is a source of alternative care for those in need. 

 

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