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Dogs Can Bring Comfort To Dementia Patients And Their Caregivers

Dogs Can Bring Comfort To Dementia Patients And Their Caregivers

Most dog owners are aware of therapy dogs, who have been trained to help people with PTSD, seizure disorders, diabetes, autism and blindness. These canines are chosen for their calm dispositions and friendliness and are frequent and welcome visitors to nursing homes and hospitals.  But dogs can also bring comfort as well as real help, to dementia patients and their caregivers. A study in 2017 showed that therapy dog use with Alzheimer’s patients was increasing and also shows the dogs’ presence boosts patients’ socialization and sense of well-being. Dementia assistance dogs require a long period of specialized training, up to…
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Therapy Dogs – How To Get Your Dog Certified

Therapy Dogs – How To Get Your Dog Certified

A therapy dog is a dog of any breed or mix that is trained to provide affection as well as comfort in many settings. Therapy dogs serve in assisted living facilities, hospice, nursing homes, hospitals, mental health facilities and even airports.  Many therapy dogs are trained at home by their owners and some go through formal training programs. Although there may be a therapy dog group in your area, one of the largest therapy dog organizations is the Alliance of Therapy Dogs. There is a reasonable registration fee and one of the benefits is being covered by their insurance policy.…
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