What is a Facility Therapy Dog?
A Facility Therapy Dog is a highly trained and skilled therapy dog used to enhance the quality of life and education for children or adults with disabilities or special needs and Seniors. Facility dogs are handled by professionals and can be used to assist a select group of clients better manage their daily tasks. Facility Therapy Dogs typically work hand-in-hand with Therapists, Counselors, Guidance Counselors, Psychologists and Rehabilitation Therapists.
Facility Dog - Key Benefits
Encourage Physical Movement, Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication & Improved Social Behavior
The client responds more positively, enthusiastically, and comfortably when a dog is involved. Together, the client and the Facility Dog work together to engage in physical activities which help achieve goals set by the therapist. Since dogs offer unconditional, non-judgmental love, therapy sessions can be pleasurable as well as productive.
- Recovery Motivation:
The client's ability to move is improved and response to physical stimuli is increased. This encourages the client to engage in physical activities, often overlooking pain.
- Social Interaction & Language:
Therapy dogs open dialogue and facilitate conversations that encourage social and emotional development. Therapy dogs help promote social and emotional development.
- Comfort, Compassion and Care:
Facility dogs can provide support and friendship to anyone who may have the unique challenge of making new friends, or lack self-esteem. Dogs can also be used as a motivator or reward system to teach responsibility.
- Feelings of Safety & Well-Being:
Therapy dogs are a calm companion who helps relieve stress, anxiety and loneliness. Dogs bring a pleasant distraction and reduce negative feelings, thoughts and concerns.
Your Facility Therapy Dog's Skills & Abilities can be customized to meet your specific client needs, or the needs of your Facility.
There is currently a 6-12 month waiting list to receive your TDU Facility Therapy Dog. Email your request for a Needs Assessment Application today!