Therapy and Facility Dogs are specifically trained to help multiple people in different settings. These dogs are taught all basic commands, a variety of advanced commands, depending on need and public etiquette.
The dog is owned by an individual who utilizes the dog’s skills to help others, rather than just serving one individual. Unlike Service Dogs for one individual, these dogs are encouraged to interact with others, including petting the dog.
Therapy & Facility Dogs are a critical and very effective tool in many situations. Hospitals, nursing homes, rehab centers, schools, treatment facilities and more.
The impact one of these dogs has on its environment is astounding, but not a surprise! These dogs can reach people in ways that nothing else can.
Children who are ill, will have a reason to smile!
Rehab patients are motivated to push harder, while playing with a dog they can throw a toy, or using a brush to help with grooming. Thus making rehab fun and more interesting, helping to get the individual moving again.
Children in school classrooms are calmed and focused by a dog in the room. Relationships are made more readily, and reading skills skyrocket.
Nursing home residents are comforted by a furry face resting gently in their lap. Even people who don't interact with others, will respond to a dog.
Therapy & Facility dogs are an amazing gift to all who encounter them
BROOKLYN - St. Marys Area School District, St. Marys, PA.
One year ago we gave Brooklyn her forever home. But, she had a purpose.
As the Superintendent of schools for the St. Marys Area School District, I see many students with stress and anxiety. We provide many supports for the students... but something was missing. As a therapy dog, Brooklyn has been able to visit students to provide a relief from their stress and anxiety. Students enjoy a paw shake, a hug or petting Brooklyn during her visits. The students get so excited and happy from a visit from Brooklyn, stress and anxiety disappear.
Dr. G. Brian Toth
We are thrilled for Rosie to join our Freedom Family! Rosie joined Freedom Area High School as a facility dog in December 2020, just in time for Christmas and what a gift she has proven to be. The staff and students adore her and Rosie thrives on attention, so we are a perfect fit. She spends her days with the life skills classroom, teaching responsibility and social emotional learning, all while providing emotional support to both students and staff. Rosie spreads her love to the guidance office, located in the next classroom, giving support when needed. Rosie is learning her way around the building. While the COVID-19 pandemic has made it that Rosie has not been able to meet all of our students yet, she has already made a clear impact among our staff. It’s amazing how many adults are willing to get down on the floor to rub Rosie’s belly or kneel down to nuzzle her sweet face. She has a unique (and much-needed) way of reminding us that unwinding is healthy and calming! As she gets comfortable with her new surroundings, she will visit other classrooms and extracurricular activities. Rosie has been such a boost in morale in this uneasy time. Her sweetness and enthusiasm for life is contagious. Our classroom and school is much rosier with her in it!
Are you a psychiatrist, counselor, special needs worker, work in a courtroom, rehab center. hospital, or retirement facility? Do you feel a Therapy or Facility Dog would be a good fit in your organization or business? View our Therapy & Facility Dog FAQ's and if you think one of these dogs might be a good fit or if you have more questions, send us a message.
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