Therapy Dogs

In what different ways can therapy dogs benefit people?

What do therapy dogs do?

They are trained to provide affection and comfort people in the following places:

-Hospitals

-Retirement Homes

-Nursing Homes

-School

-Hospices

-Disaster Areas

-People with Learning Difficulties

Physical Health Benefits

-Lowers Blood Pressure

-Improves Cardiovascular Health

-Releases Endorphins (Oxitocin)

*Calming Effect

-Diminishes Physical Pain

Mental Health Benefits

-Lifts Spirit

-Reduces Depression

-Decreases Feelings of Isolation and Alienation

-Encourages Communication

-Helps Children overcome Emotional Disorders

-Creates Motivation to Recover