The therapeutic power of dogs has long been recognised. It’s been documented in many therapeutic settings that when a dog is present in therapy, people tend to forget about the other humans and their inhibitions disappear. Dogs can help reduce stress, anxiety and depression; they ease loneliness and encourage exercise and playfulness. They have evolved to become acutely attuned to our behaviour and emotions and to interpreting our tone of voice, body language, and gestures. They can pick up when something is not right and they will do what they can to comfort us. Their aim in life is to please us. Moreover, dogs love unconditionally and they do not discriminate. They do not care whether we are old or young, scruffy, well-dressed, rich or poor. And, they can listen without judging.
Dog-assisted therapy is a therapeutic intervention that incorporates dogs into the treatment plan of people with learning and sensory issues including autism, medical conditions, behavioural issues and persons battling illnesses such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and addiction. It is used to enhance and complement the benefits of traditional therapy and can be a useful intervention for individuals or groups.
Dog-assisted therapy often serves in conjunction with traditional work done by a licensed psychotherapist, social worker, or other mental healthcare provider. Dogs used for therapy must undergo formal training to be certified as therapy dogs. We offer dog-assisted therapy sessions in both group settings and on a one-to-one basis.