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  • Personality change
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  • Change in appetite
  • Change in behavior
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Lagging behind
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  • Limping
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Archive for the ‘Service Dogs’ Category

Service and Therapy Dogs

Monday, January 5th, 2015


Dogs have been assisting humans since the beginning of recorded history. Service and therapy dogs aid us with work, provide us with companionship and help raise our spirits. But it wasn’t until the 20th century that dogs were officially recognized for their therapeutic abilities.

Service dogs are usually identified by most people as guide dogs for the seeing impaired. There are other types of service dogs ranging from ones that sniff out drugs and bombs, to those who search for and rescue people trapped in avalanches or buried under the debris of an earthquake.

Therapy dogs are a significant part of treatment for many people who are physically, socially, emotionally or cognitively challenged. Hospital and nursing home patients, especially children and the elderly, benefit from these animals. Canines and humans have always shared a common bond and therapy dogs make a major contribution to the lives of the people they serve.

Animal assisted therapy teams visit hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living centers to help lift patient’s spirits and assist in their recovery. Therapy dogs visit the sick and elderly, sometimes just sitting by a patient’s side and being petted. Patients can also take therapy dogs for walks, play with them, or groom them. Some therapy dogs are trained to sit quietly while children read to them. Many therapy dogs have their own disabilities or limitations and help to serve as inspiration to humans with disabilities.

Dogs of any breed, size or age can become therapy dogs, but not all dogs are suited for the job. For example, my own dog, a purebred Golden Retriever was bred and raised by Guide Dogs For The Blind, but at some point during his training, he obviously decided he wasn’t cut out for the job and he failed to graduate (I believe he did so deliberately).

Therapy dog candidates must possess certain traits to qualify for their career. Temperament is the most important factor as a therapy dog candidate must be friendly and non-aggressive. It has to get along extraordinarily well with children, adults, and other animals. The dog also has to be confident, patient, calm, gentle and receptive to training.

Appointments with facilities that encourage the visits of therapy dogs can be arranged by calling the institution you would like to take your dog to and ask to speak to the person or department that handles such visits. Visiting hospitals and nursing homes with your assisted therapy dog can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.

How Our Pets Help Us

Monday, July 15th, 2013

How do our pets help us? Let me count the ways:

* Any dog owner knows that our pets help us emotionally, psychologically, and socially. Dogs can also comfort us when we have a serious illness or there is a death in the family. Turning to your pet for comfort when a friend or family member dies can help alleviate the depression that normally accompanies the loss of a person close to you.

* Dog owners are less likely to feel afraid of being victimized when walking their dog and also feel safer just having a dog around the house.

* Dogs help us relax by taking our attention off our current problems and fears. A pet dog sitting by your side is comforting and relaxing for both the dog owner as well as the dog. Having a dog you can touch and caress is important when the daily grind gets you down. Many studies have shown how important touch is to a human’s physical and emotional health. And it doesn’t need to be the touch of another human; it can be your dog. A pet dog can lessen feelings of loneliness and isolation by providing unwavering companionship.

* As humans we want to feel needed and have someone or something to care for deeply. Caring for a pet dog provides consistency and emotional support to our lives. Friends may come and go, but for a dog’s entire life it will be your best friend. Dogs give us the experience of unconditional love which most people will never receive from another human. Perhaps humans are incapable of always giving unconditional love since we always have our own agendas and needs, whether we realize it or not. A pet dog can influence how you feel about yourself and your life.

* Dogs are teachers and healers of extraordinary talent.

* Things can be going really bad out there in the rat race, but once you come home, that furry, four-legged confidante and friend can bring a sense of peace and calmness to your rattled day.

* They shower us with love.

* They amuse and entertain us.

* They comfort us and make our lives better in so many ways.

* They help our soldiers stationed in Iraq who are missing their loved ones back home. The stray dogs adopted by so many soldiers are the best companions and friends some of the enlisted men and women have. More than 300 stray dogs from Iraq have been adopted and now have new homes with their pet parents in the U.S.

* They bring peace and comfort to people who are in nursing homes, children who are in hospitals, and even the poor souls in nursing facilities who are suffering from the ravages of Alzheimer’s.

Our pets help us in so many more ways. There are thousands of inspirational stories available on the internet and in book form. As for me, I could never do without my dog. No matter how much I love him and pay attention to him, I always feel as if I’m the one that’s truly blessed – receiving more love than I can possibly give in return.

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