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How Dog Therapy Can Help Emotional Health

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Dog therapy can promote both physical and emotional wellbeing for many different people in need. Let’s take a look at how dog therapy can help improve emotional health.

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How Dog Therapy Can Help Emotional Health

  1. 1. HOW DOG THERAPY CAN HELP EMOTIONAL HEALTH A D A M C R O M A N
  2. 2. WHAT IS WE DELIVER HEALTHY CO. ? Canine-assisted therapy has become a fast growing healthcare service for patients in the United States. In fact, it is used to help soothe patients in hospitals, raise spirits in nursing homes, and to support veterans with post- traumatic stress disorder. The alternative therapy can also benefit children with special needs or improve the mood of family caregivers. Dog therapy can promote both physical and emotional wellbeing for many different people in need. Let’s take a look at how dog therapy can help improve emotional health.
  3. 3. HOW DOG THERAPY HELPS The purpose of dog-assisted therapy is to promote the emotional, mental, and physical well-being of patients as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.  Research supports the idea that dog therapy has tangible benefits and is more than just a cute approach to fighting mental traumas.
  4. 4. THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH CONCLUDED... ...that interactions with animals like dogs can help improve social attention, social behavior, interpersonal interactions, and mood. Some evidence in the study also showed reduced rates of aggression and enhanced empathy along with improve learning skills.
  5. 5. Rebecca Johnson, head researcher at the Research Center for Human/Animal Interaction at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, stated that “Oxytocin has some powerful effects for us in the body’s ability to be in a state of readiness to heal, and also to grow new cells, so it predisposes us to an environment in our own bodies where we can be healthier.” "HUMAN AND ANIMAL BONDING CAN BE GOOD FOR HUMANS' LONG-TERM HEALTH" - REBECCA JOHNSON
  6. 6. SIMILAR STUDIES ALSO SHOW... An increase in dopamine and endorphins after 20 minutes with therapy dogs 01 Dog therapy is universal because it can help people of all ages with many different mental ailments. 02
  7. 7. MAN'S BEST FRIEND Perhaps one of the best gifts dog therapy offers is the emotional relationships that can develop with these canine pets. After all, there’s a reason dogs are called man’s best friend. You can lean on them when you most need their support.
  8. 8. INTERESTED IN DOG THERAPY? If you’re interested in dog therapy contact your local veterinarian who can refer you to an animal-assisted therapist in your area. You can also get in touch with the American Humane Association or the American Counseling Association. Happy petting!
  9. 9. www.AdamCroman.com F O R M O R E I N F O R M A T I O N , P L E A S E V I S I T :  

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