Skilled Support dogs enhance the quality of life and education for children, adults and older adults with disabilities and/or special needs. A Skilled Support dog is used to assist an individual better manage their daily tasks. These specially trained therapy dogs provide unconditional love and companionship by working hand-in-hand with a licensed therapist, counselor, guidance counselor, psychologist or psychiatrist, physiotherapist or rehabilitation therapist; as well as the dog's certified handler.
Skilled Support Dogs encourage physical movement, verbal and non-verbal communication and improved social behavior
Our studies show that a client responds more positively, enthusiastically, and comfortably when a therapy dog is involved. Together, the client and the Skilled Support dog work as a team to engage the patient in physical activities. Goals are set by the attending health care professional.
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 the physical pain that may be associated with their recovery.
Therapy dogs can be key to opening dialogue and facilitating conversations. Since a dog is very social by nature, a certified Skilled Support dog is often used to help improve social and emotional development by opening the lines of communication.
Skilled Support dogs can provide support and friendship to anyone who may have the unique challenge of making new friends or lack self-esteem. We often use these dogs as a motivator or "reward" to teach responsibility.
Therapy dogs are a calm companion used to help relieve stress, anxiety and loneliness. Through the use of a Skilled Support dog - we bring a pleasant distraction while reducing negative feelings, thoughts and concerns. Since a dog naturally offers unconditional and non-judgmental love and affection - our studies prove that therapy sessions can be pleasurable as well as productive!