Yes, dog therapy is real and the people over at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have been implementing dog therapy since 1999. They use a big variety of hounds from Golden Retrievers, Pug mix, Springer Spaniels and Portuguese Water Dogs. But what is it exactly and how can it help patients?
The services they provide range from helping people with brain injuries regain their motor skills to easing the stress and anxiety that can come from being in the hospital.
“It’s a pleasure to work with these wonderful dogs and their owners,” said Suzanne. “No matter where they are or what their particular task may be, the dogs always bring smiles to people here.”
All the therapy dogs at Wake Forest Baptist are certified by one of two national organizations — Therapy Dogs International and Pet Partners, previously known as Delta Society.
Yes that is correct, all the dogs and their owners has to pass a behavior and temperament test and only if they pass do they get permission to enter the hospital.
All I can say is great idea, but what if a patient isn’t a dog person? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
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