Animal Assisted Therapy

What is Animal Assisted Therapy?

Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) “is a goal-directed intervention in which an animal is incorporated as an integral part of the clinical healthcare treatment process.  AAT is delivered or directed by a professional health or human service provider who demonstrates skill and expertise regarding the clinical applications of human-animal interactions.”  (source: Denver Pet Partners)

Maggie has retired as a therapy dog after providing more than 8 years of comfort, support, and skill building to patients.  Now, her sister, Rosie is learning how to become a therapy dog.  

Rosie is a loving goldendoodle who is 1/4 golden retriever and 3/4 poodle, making her very low shedding and mostly hypoallergenic dog.  She is currently going through training to become a registered therapy dog.

Benefits of working with an animal include:

  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Releases bonding chemicals (called oxytocin) that has been shown to improve relationships and decrease anxiety and eating disorder behaviors
  • Improves cardiovascular (heart) health
  •  Produces a calming effect by releasing neurotransmitters and endorphins
  •  Decreases anxiety and depression
  •  Decreases physical pain
  •  Increases and improves communication
  • Decreases loneliness and boredom
  • Helps eliminate fears, specifically that of dogs and other animals
  • Improves the ability to relate and bond with the therapist, making treatment more likely to be effective
  • Improves empathy skills
  • Improves self-esteem and confidence
  • Decrease symptoms associated with post traumatic stress disorder

Call today to find out how working with Rosie and Dr. McFarland can help you live the life you want! 303-709-5897