therapy dog


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therapy dog

n.
A dog that has been specially trained to provide emotional assistance to people in hospitals, nursing homes, and other institutions.
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Billie Smith, executive director of the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, said she has been with the organization for 27 years and never heard of a longer-serving therapy dog than Dustee-although she said the organization doesn't really track those kind of records.
Attendees at this year's RIMS conference in San Antonio will be able to experience the benefits of therapy dogs in person: Sedgwick is bringing teams from Therapy Animals of San Antonio for four Comfort Pets in Action sessions at the RIMS HQ.
The retired businessman from Anglesey volunteers his time under a scheme run by the Therapy Dogs Nationwide charity.
Located in Cedar Park, Texas, Austin Dog Alliance, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, therapy dog teams to local hospitals, rehabilitation centers and nursing homes; offers assistance to at-risk readers at schools and libraries through its Bow Wow Reading Dog program; and provides vocational training, coaching and placement in dog-related careers for adults with learning challenges through the S+CORE!
Southampton Children's Hospital is now calling for a nationwide roll-out of the use of therapy dogs, to make youngsters more comfortable and less worried while in hospital.
"Patients said they would have stopped their treatments before completion, except for the presence of the Good Dog Foundation therapy dog and volunteer handler."
Despite being a quadruple amputee and a cancer survivor, Chi Chi overcame adversity to become a certified therapy dog who provides comfort and inspiration wherever she goes, including to thousands of people via her popular social media account.
The launch of the therapy dog project is one of a host of details to emerge about life at the prison in a new watchdog report.
The series' first episode will be directed by Heidi Ewing, a documentary director best known for her work on 'Jesus Camp.' The episode will feature the story of an 11-year-old girl suffering from traumatic seizures and the therapy dog named Rory who keeps her company.
Alfie has recently been assessed as being suitable as a therapy dog as well.
This article describes a therapy dog outreach program that was implemented to gauge (a) the degree of stress relief and decreased homesickness students experience after their visit with therapy dogs, and (b) student awareness of counseling services on campus.