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A Pet's Special Touch

 

There's nothing like a friendly dog to make you forget for a moment the stresses of the day. In fact, studies show that human-pet interaction actually lowers heart rate and blood pressure.
 
People often need some therapy to recover, which can prove boring and repetitive.  A therapy dog can provide some excitement in their daily routine that will improve their situation. It's been known to make people less lonely or depressed as well.
 
A therapy dog can also help make patients be more responsive (eye contact, smiling, verbal communication, etc.), getting them out of their routine, making them less passive.  Studies have shown that when dogs and cats come to visit a care facility, there is more laughter and interaction among residents than during any other "therapy" or entertainment time.  In an inpatient setting, the presence of animals encourages socialization.  Staff members have reported that it is easier to talk to residents during and after animal visits.  

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Tula is a 6 year old NewFoundland dog and along with her Owner/Mom Heather, she makes scheduled visits to the facility. 

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