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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tdtwt a card "I just thought, what a lovely thing to be able to do and wondered if Max could do it, so I got in touch with Therapy Dogs Nationwide and after they assessed him, they asked if we'd volunteer.
Wagner put Shadow through extensive training to become a therapy dog through a private training organization called Rescue Me.
The first therapy dog at the airport, according to Bailey, was a Labrador retriever.
Therapy Dogs Nationwide, which is managed entirely by volunteers, has only been going for a little over a year, but already has 200 registered volunteers across the country - including about 14 across Wirral and Liverpool.
Based on the pre and post measurement data from this study, it can be concluded that exposure of a novelty dog (opposed to a trained therapy dog) could reduce students' blood pressure as a measure of stress, as similar research on trained therapy dogs had indicated.
As a way to reduce trauma and facilitate testimony, judges would be able to allow children in cases involving abuse and neglect and intellectually disabled persons to have therapy dogs and facility dogs present for court proceedings.
Therapy dogs are ones used to bring comfort and joy to those who are ill or under poor conditions, such as those who have been affected by a natural disaster or children in a hospital.
The students learn to care for Hudson, the therapy dog.
If you or someone you know is receiving care at a local hospital, hospice center, or retirement home, make sure to keep an eye out for Bear, Emma, and their National Capital Therapy Dog friends.
Those petting the lovable pooch as she tours Carmarthenshire homes as part of therapy dog sessions have no idea of her past.
As with other institutions, Macalester has made use of a therapy dog to comfort stressed students.
Her 13-point "Therapy Dog's Bill of Rights" begins with "As a therapy dog, I have the right to a handler who obtains my consent to participate in the work.