Dog Therapy

 

Ziggy Stardust

Ziggy is a 3 year old cocker spaniel who adores people. She sits in my clinic with me and is incredibly tuned in on an emotional level. For a spaniel Ziggy is very calm, although outside she has bags of energy. Ziggy is a fun, curious little dog who has helped many of my clients. Ziggy provides affection, comfort and love to my clients, her calming effect is extremely helpful when a client needs to be grounded.

Published studies repeatedly highlight the benefits of pet therapy:

 

For Physical Health

  • lowers blood pressure

  • improves cardiovascular health

  • releases endorphins (oxytocin) that have a calming effect

  • diminishes overall physical pain

  • the act of petting produces an automatic relaxation response,

       reducing the amount of medication some people need

 

 

For Mental Health

  • lifts spirits and lessens depression

  • decreases feelings of isolation and alienation

  • encourages communication

  • provides comfort

  • increases socialization and sense of community

  • reduces boredom

  • decreases anxiety

  • helps children overcome speech and emotional disorders

  • creates motivation for the client to recover faster

  • reduces loneliness

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