Therapy Dogs Helping Patients Feel Better

Pet Therapy Dog And Handler Visiting Female Patient In Hospital

Once a week, Smith the kind therapy dog is taken to visit Debra who happens to suffer from dementia (mid stage). When Debra strokes Smith or nudges against her, something happens: distant memories start flickering in Debra’s mind reminding her of a shepherd dog whom she was so fond of. The old Shepard lived in her home when she was a kid. To her, the one hour she spends with these therapy dogs releases her from her gray everyday life and restores the sense of living once again. Just how the dog therapy works is something this article is dedicated to explaining. So, keep reading!


Young Girl Being Visited In Hospital By Therapy Dog And Family

Social and emotional bonds

Pets, especially dogs have been found the ideal candidates for this type of therapy simply because they are excellent at relating and establishing quick, powerful, social as well as emotional bonding with human beings.

Moreover, they are open towards everyone: be it kids, old, healthy, sick or disabled.

Happy Smiling Young Girl Being Visited In Hospital By Therapy Dog

Therapy dogs: Areas of deployment?

Therapy dogs’ sphere of activities can be extensive. They can be used as co-therapists in psychological, ergo, as well as speech therapies in hospitals, care homes, kid& youth facilities, and even in a patient’s home. However, before a dog is deployed as a therapist, the dog, and the keeper must complete a training course.

Senior couple holding a dog in a retirement home

Therapy dogs: What they are expected to accomplish

These four-legged creatures can help relax your patient out of the vegetative state. They are also effective in enabling your kid to concentrate on his/her speech therapy. If you are integrating your dog into the therapeutic process, well and good. But don’t leave it to actively drive the process. Control mechanisms like a touch, tricking it to sniff something, or a little play can help regulate his behavior.

This will make them more communicative, and attentive to allow physical contact with the patient. This way, the dog is likely to dispel anguish, stress, any tension, insecurity and develop trust. It will cultivate empathy, conformity, and motivation in addition to motor activity & social competence. And finally, these canines will impart the feeling of warmth as well as security the patient.


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