Are dogs beneficial in therapy sessions?

Posted on: September 09, 2013

Dogs Improve Therapy Sessions

The comfort and joy your dog brings you is immeasurable. But can they help improve therapy sessions? Even though no one can put a hard number on just how much dogs help, there are measurable positive results from dogs being introduced into therapy sessions.

The Impact

When dogs were present during therapy sessions:

  • Depressed patients were more social and experienced decreases in depression.
  • Children with severe ADHD showed increased attention spans.
  • Autistic or developmentally disabled patients were more social, and showed increased attention spans.
  • Patients with Alzheimer's experienced decreases in depression and anger, with increased attention spans.

Of course, having a dog isn't right for everyone. But if you're in the right place in life and have love to give, you might be surprised by the ways your life improves.

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