Animal-Assisted Therapy has been proven to truly improve human health and well-being.
How? Read on!
We've Done The Research
Ways pets improve health - for pet owners and those visited regularly by pets, alike:
- Animal-Assisted Therapy helps release endorphins that manipulate perceptions of pain and stress
- Petting a dog can be relaxing, which is measured by a slower heart rate and a drop in blood pressure
- Playing with animals emits important hormones and neurotransmitters in the brain that promote proper body function and rebuild strength
- Owning a dog can help reduce the risk of asthma
- Dog owners are more likely to survive heart attacks than non-pet owners
- The presence of a dog can ease the effects of Alzheimer’s disease
- People with dogs have been found to have lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels when compared to people who do not
- Animal-Assisted Therapy increases the body’s level of oxytocin, which boost happiness, improves empathy and promotes a happier life
- Animal companionship can lower the level of cortisol, a hormone associated with stress, in the body and increase serotonin, a chemical associated with well-being
- Elderly people with dogs are better able than non-pet-owning elderly people to cope with daily activities
- A bond between a pet and human is one of unconditional love, which can teach and support feelings of self worth and value, especially in children
- For those who may feel like detaching from normal social activity, Animal-Assisted Therapy can relieve feelings of social isolation
- Animal-Assisted Therapy provides the opportunity for individuals to interact, engage and socialize with both the pet and its owner
- Especially in children, Animal-Assisted Therapy is a great way to release excess energy for better concentration
- Children who have dogs tend to be more self-reliant, sociable, and less selfish than children without pets
- The sensory stimulation involved in animal companionship can help to calm and relax individuals in new social environments
- Owning a dog gives isolated people a routine, a sense of purpose, and a sense of fulfillment that helps prevent depression and loneliness
Goals & Benefits
Through Animal-Assisted Therapy we attempt to achieve:
Empathy - Identifying with and understanding the feelings and motives of others.
Outward Focus - Bringing individuals out of themselves; animals can help individuals with mental illness or low self-esteem focus on their environment.
Nurturing - Promoting growth and development.
Rapport - Building a relationship of mutual trust or a feeling of connection or bonding.
Acceptance - Favorable reception or approval; an animal’s acceptance is nonjudgemental, forgiving, and unconditional.
Entertainment - Giving pleasure through engaging activity.
Socialization - Enjoying the company of others; studies show that when animals visit a facility, there is more laughter and interaction amont residents than any other therapy or entertainment time.
Mental Stimulation - Favorable reception or approval; an animal’s acceptance is nonjudegemental, forgiving and unconditional.
Physical Contact - Giving pleasure through engaging activity.
Physicologial Benefits - Enjoying the company of others.
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