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Posts Tagged ‘therapy dogs’

Finding Your Fur-apist

March 8, 2017

Millions of Americans each year work with therapy dogs to alleviate the symptoms of conditions like depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and autism. Sometimes referred to as emotional support animals (ESAs), these animals provide significant comfort and benefit to their owners when engaged with correctly. They are exceptionally common for combat vets and people who struggle with mental illness who may not otherwise qualify for a service dog. Unfortunately, there’s a significant amount of […]

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Meet the Fleet of Therapy Dogs Who Comforted Orlando Shooting Survivors

June 23, 2016

Shortly after the Orlando shooting, a fleet of therapy dogs from around the country flew in to help ease the pain of those coping with the devastating massacre. Watch the touching video below, and bring out the tissue.

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The Beneficial Effects of Dogs on Children with Autism

May 4, 2016

Does your child have autism? If so, then a dog may bring a number of benefits to your child. Autism is a complex disorder that affects brain development. This disorder is characterized by difficulties in social interaction, sensory issues, problems with nonverbal and verbal communication and maladaptive behaviors. Provides Social Interaction Dogs act as a constant companion to a child. This can help the child learn ways to improve social interactions and expand both nonverbal […]

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Not Just Man’s Best Friend, but for Children with Autism Too

April 25, 2016

Autism affects one in every 64 children, and it’s considered to be one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders throughout the entire United States. While many children with autism often have a high IQ, they still may face a wide scope of challenges that may include the inability to properly interact with their peers and problems with learning vital life skills. Fortunately, advancements in autism research have led to many new ways to help children with […]

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How Dogs Can Be Life-Changers for Children with Autism

April 19, 2016

Autistic children face many daily challenges, but having a dog nearby can make their lives easier. An autistic child might have difficulties with communication or socializing, but a dog makes these activities less stressful. Releasing Tension When a child is feeling tense with symptoms such as withdrawal from others, a therapy dog can sense what is happening. A dog might place its paws in the child’s lap to reduce their stress levels and to bring […]

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VIDEO: The Unlikely PTSD Therapy of Puppies

December 7, 2015
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How Dogs Can Help Individuals Overcome PTSD

December 2, 2015

Dog owners understand that a couple of benefits of having a dog are that it helps decrease your stress level and it can help you get over a bad day or time in your life. People with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can especially benefit from having a dog as a pet. Military veterans very commonly have symptoms of PTSD, but other individuals who have experienced traumatic events can experience it as well. Using dogs as […]

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Charlotte’s Litter: Therapy Dogs Heal to Honor Late Sandy Hook Student (VIDEO)

October 19, 2015

Source: http://charlotteslitter.org/

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How Therapy Dogs Help Autistic Children

September 24, 2015

Dogs have long been known as the perfect companion, providing unconditional love and gentle kindness. It is also common knowledge that dogs are beneficial in helping with disabilities and health conditions. Research has been promising in the beneficial assistance that therapy dogs provide to children with autism, a brain disorder that affects the ability to interact and communicate socially. Increased Social Confidence In some studies and in-home observations, being around a dog helped autistic children […]

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How Dogs Help with PTSD

July 31, 2015

War can have far reaching effects on a soldier, most notably post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Recent experiments have found that dogs may help alleviate some of the symptoms and help distraught people to assimilate into regular life. PTSD Symptoms With the help of canines, veterans can sometimes work through issues as part of their therapy. Those suffering from PTSD often experience feelings of: Vigilance: the need to be on alert and constantly aware of surroundings. […]

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