THERAPY DOGS REALLY HELP PEOPLE!!!
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ALL ARISTOCRAT DOGS ARE THERAPY DOGS I ALSO DO THERAPY DOG TRAINING AT TLC-ACADEMY (THE LOVED CANINE ACADEMY) AS WELL AS AKC CANINE GOOD CITIZEN (CGC) TRAINING, TESTING AND CERTIFICATION
What is a Therapy
Therapy Dog is a dog with an outstanding temperament
Therapy Dog tolerates other animals
Therapy Dog wants to visit with people
A Therapy Dog loves children
Therapy Dog gets along with other dogs
Why Don't Therapy Dogs
What Is TDI?
Therapy Dogs are to be petted, and vests
cut down on the petting area. Additionally, the use of vests can
confuse a Therapy Dog with a Service Dog.
TDI Therapy Dog on Visits is
A TDI Bandana
A current TDI ID Tag
A flat buckle collar or simple harness
A current TDI ID Card
Therapy Dogs International (TDI®) is a volunteer group organized to provide qualified handlers and their Therapy Dogs for visitations to institutions, facilities, and any other place where Therapy Dogs are needed.
TDI is a non-profit organization. There is no charge for visitations. All funds are derived from Associate Membership dues. Donations or bequests are welcome.
The primary objective of the TDI dog and handler is to provide comfort and companionship by sharing the dog with the patients in hospitals, nursing homes and other institutions and wherever else the Therapy Dog is needed. This is done in a way that increases emotional well-being, promotes healing, and improves the quality of life for the people being visited and the staff that cares for these people.
Who Belongs to TDI?
Volunteer handlers and their dogs are located throughout the United States and Canada and some other countries. TDI was founded in 1976 and has its headquarters in Flanders, New Jersey. In 1989 TDI was completely reorganized under the direction of the current volunteer President/CEO, Ursula A. Kempe.
Canine membership includes both purebred and mixed breed dogs. All dogs are tested and evaluated for Therapy Dog work by Certified TDI Evaluators. While many dogs provide love and companionship in the home, not all dogs are qualified or have the temperament suited to be a Therapy Dog. TDI’s standards are extremely high.
How Can Health Care Professionals Use TDI Dogs?
Regular visits from Therapy Dogs and their handlers provide stimulation for conversation in mental health counseling. TDI Dogs can even encourage interest in physical therapy. (Not only does petting a dog’s shiny coat feel good, it can be used as the basis for exercise and a reason to start physical therapy.)
TDI Dogs elevate the mood of the facility in general and specifically with the staff and residents’ family members. Families feel better having their loved one live in a facility where the staff cares enough to arrange Therapy Dog visits.
What Do TDI Dogs Do?
The dogs bring sparkle to a sterile day, provide a lively subject for conversation, and rekindle old memories of previously owned pets. TDI Dogs come in all shapes and sizes; real dogs with real personalities and real love to share. Some have pedigrees, some have been adopted. All are very proud to wear their TDI Tags.
The volunteers in the program and the dogs who visit with those in care facilities do make a
difference in the quality of life. Real therapy is provided between animals and people.
The first time a dog prances into a care facility, most people do a double take. A split second later broad smiles stretch across faces. Regardless of how residents look or how they feel, the animals are happy to see them. Those who live or must stay in a care facility truly benefit from the unconditional love and acceptance provided by TDI Dogs. Typically, there is an immediate response to the tail wagging greetings and warm paws.
Four-footed therapists give something special to enhance the health and well-being of others. It has been clinically proven that through petting, touching, and talking with animals, patients’ blood pressure is lowered, stress is relieved, and depression is eased.
TDI is aware of the necessity for continuing clinical studies on the human-animal bond and TDI volunteers are willing to participate whenever needed. Each TDI volunteer as an individual has made tremendous difference in the lives of so many, by sharing their canine companion with those who no longer are able to have a dog of their own. Just think! How sad it would be if you could never touch a dog again.
“A Dog Will Love You Forever”
AMAZING HEALING POWER OF THERAPY DOGS!
Dog visits and hospitalized
children: Do dog visits help calm children
who are facing the stress of being in the hospital and away from home and
family? A study done at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Children's
Hospital shows that while potential calming effects are inconclusive, the
dogs definitely make the children happier. Results of the study, published in
the winter 2002-2003 issue of Children's Health Care Journal, confirm that
hospitalized children are happier when they get a chance to interact with
dogs than when they are given organized playtime. The researchers - Mary
Kaminski, director of the hospital's Child Life program; Teresa Pellino,
clinical nurse research specialist; and Joel Wish, psychologist and director
of Health Psychology - attribute this to the touching that's inherent in
visiting with dogs. "This is the first study to look at the effects of
animals on hospitalized children," says Linda Sullivan, a clinical
instruction in the School of Veterinary Medicine's Department of
Pathobiological Sciences and one of the coordinators of the Pet Pals program.
Therapeutic touch: A study by Rebecca Johnson, Ph.D., RN, of the University
of Missouri-Columbia Center for the Study of Animal Wellness, showed that
when a human pets a dog, within minutes they get a massive release of
beneficial hormones-known to be associated with health and feelings of
wellbeing---such as beta endorphin, prolactin, dopamine, oxytocin, and beta
phenylethylamine. The release of these hormones not only make people
happy---but they also decrease the stress hormone, cortisol. This is an
especially significant finding with regards to the treatment of clinically
depressed patients. This was the first time a therapeutic relationship
between animals and humans had been scientifically measured. This pilot study
could provide a safe, natural, and effective alternative to treating the
clinically depressed with pharmaceuticals, without the attendant costs and
side effects. To many researchers, the most exciting facet of these studies
is that positive human-animal interaction may delay production of harmful
body chemicals associated with diseases such as cancer. "Additionally,
the study indicates an improvement in body chemicals associated with a
healthy immune system. We may soon see a time when people at risk for certain
types of cancers may be prescribed a pet to help delay onset of the
disease," says another researcher.
Pets in the home teach empathy,
responsibility and raise IQs: Robert Poresky, associate professor of family
studies and human services at Kansas State University, is one of dozens of
researchers examining the impact of having a pet in the home. His findings
include evidence that children who have pets - and spend time with them -
develop higher levels of empathy, learn responsibility earlier and may even
have higher IQs than children who don't have companion animals.
Dogs improve children's reading
scores: In Salt Lake City, Utah,
Intermountain Therapy Animals has a program where pets stimulate specific
intellectual development in public schools. Trained teams of dogs and humans
help children who have trouble reading to jump whole grade levels in just a
few months in a simple program where children read to dogs.
Allergies: A study published in the August 2002 Journal of The
American Medical Association shows that children who grow up with pets in the
home have a reduced risk of developing common allergies. Moreover, the
children exposed to cats and dogs were almost half as likely to have
hyper-responsive and easily irritated airways - a risk factor for asthma. A
number of earlier studies found similar results.
Dogs beneficial in speech-language
therapy: Helen Kahn, professor of
communication disorders at Northern Michigan University, is studying the
effects of animals in sessions of speech-pathology therapy. Kahn says that
dogs are instantly loyal and eager to please, perfect companions during the
sometimes difficult therapy sessions. Her research shows that therapeutic
progress occurs more rapidly when dogs are involved in directed intervention
with certified and experienced therapists and dog handlers. Findings show that
during therapy dog visits, a patient's physical anxiety goes down, measured
by lower blood pressure and heart rate, and less stress almost always equals
a more productive session.
Dogs good for mental health: Project Chimo - the most extensive study of the use of
dogs in therapy in North America - concluded in 2003 with ten recommendations
to the Alberta government aimed at formally incorporating animal assisted
therapy into the health-care system. The 27-month, $331,600 study funded by
Alberta Health's innovation fund, compared animal assisted therapy with
traditional therapy for patients in treatment for depression and anxiety. The
patients who met with therapists who used dogs in their sessions looked
forward to therapy more, felt more comfortable talking to the therapist and
felt they performed better at home and school than patients receiving
traditional therapy. Pet ownership itself seemed to moderate the effects of
mental illness. Patients who had pets were less depressed or anxious at the
outset and showed lower scores on the depression severity scale after therapy
than those who did not own pets.
Pets lower blood pressure: A study of New York City stockbrokers who were taking
medication for hypertension found that once stockbrokers brought a pet into
their homes, their stress levels dropped dramatically. Nearly half of them
were able to go off of their medication entirely, according to the
researcher, Dr. Karen Allen of the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Pets help keep people moving: A year-long study of elderly people living outside
institutions found that pet owners scored higher on all activities of daily
living, including increased social interaction. A recent British study showed
that the interactions stimulated by the dog as the key to a better sense of
Pets help people survive heart
attacks: In her latest study reported in
The American Journal of Cardiology in 2003, Dr. Erika Friedmann of Brooklyn
College found that pet owners have healthier hearts than heart attack
patients who don't have a dog, cat or other pets. In an earlier study, she
found that those who owned a dog were eight times more likely to survive one
year after suffering a heart attack. Other studies showed that pet owners
have shorter hospital stays, few doctor visits, take less medication for high
blood pressure and cholesterol, and don't have as much trouble falling asleep
Pets help blunt pain: "By initiating and maintaining the relaxation
response pets can take people's focus off of their pain and elevate their
moods," says Dr. Jeff Burgess, an attending physician at the University
of Washington Pain Center. "Secondly, through touch or physical contact
they can block transmission of their pain from the periphery to the central
nervous system shutting the pain processing centers down."
Pets and Seniors: Seniors who have pets have far fewer doctor visits than
those who don't, according to a study of nearly a thousand Medicare patients
by UCLA Public Health Professor Judith Siegel. The Journal of the Royal
Society of Medicine reinforced these findings independently in the United
Kingdom. Equally important for the health of seniors is having something to
keep them active and to help alleviate the loneliness that many seniors
experience. Spending as little as 30 minutes with a dog each week reduces
feelings of loneliness in long-term care residents reports a study featured
in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences (July 2002).
(Source: Dr. Marty Becker and
Study shows therapy dogs can help
Therapeutic progress for pre-school children with psychiatric
disorders and special education needs can be significantly enhanced by
the participation of therapy dog teams in the treatment process.
is the preliminary conclusion of recent pilot study conducted at the
Albertina Kerr Center in Portland, Oregon. The Kerr Early Intervention
Program provides therapy and services for children between the ages of
three and five years who face the challenges of Attention Deficient
Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),
Oppositional Defiant Disorder and more, as well as past abuse and
Therapists found that the dogs encouraged
participation in therapy sessions by the children, something that
hadnï¿½t always happened previously. Among the results cited in the study:
severely mistreated girl found the dog to be a trustworthy friend and
for the first time in therapy sessions began to share stories of her
trauma and neglect;
One of the dogs held the
heretofore unobtainable interest of a young boy with a short attention
span, allowing progress in treatment;
A young girl
with oppositional issues showed turn-taking behaviors revolving around
the dog that she had not shown before in any setting.
dogs were adaptable to a variety of pediatric clients and challenges,
helping children learn to express themselves, to modify destructive
behavior and gain emotional and physical control.
study, reported in Delta Societyï¿½s Interactions magazine, was conducted
by Leah Brookner, a child and family therapist at Albertina Kerr
Centers, as a part of her work towards a PhD in Social Work and Social
Thank you for your interest in Angel On A Leash and therapy dogs.
On A Leash requires its therapy dog teams be certified and registered.
It is important to understand that different facilities have different
credential requirements for therapy dogs.
A number of organizations register therapy dogs, including the Delta
Society, Good Dog Foundation, Intermountain Therapy Animals, and
Therapy Dogs International (TDI). In order to be registered, the dogs
must first pass a test demonstrating sound temperament and appropriate
Basic obedience is the first step toward certification. The Delta
Society offers training and evaluation in many cities. Additionally,
some dog clubs offer Canine Good Citizen (CGC) training and tests. On
the right of this page you will see a list of therapy dog
organizations. This list is not comprehensive.
There are many other very good training and certification organizations
across the country.Your veterinarian, dog trainer, pet supply store or
boarding kennel may be able to help you find additional sources in your
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Pet Therapy: Recovering With
Four-Legged Friends Requires Less Pain Medication
ScienceDaily (Nov. 17, 2009)
— Adults who use pet therapy while recovering from total
joint-replacement surgery require 50 percent less pain medication than
those who do not. These findings were presented at the 18th Annual
Conference of the International Society of Anthrozoology and the First
Human Animal Interaction Conference (HAI) in Kansas City, Mo.
"Evidence suggests that animal-assisted therapy (AAT) can have a
positive effect on a patient's psychosocial, emotional and physical well
being," said Julia Havey, RN, study presenter and senior systems
analyst, Department of Medical Center Information Systems, Loyola
University Health System (LUHS). "These data further support these
benefits and build the case for expanding the use of pet therapy in
Animal lover Havey, and colleague Frances Vlasses, PhD, RN, NEA-BC,
began raising puppies to become assistance dogs more than a decade ago
through a program called Canine Companions for Independence (CCI). The
non-profit organization provides highly trained assistance dogs to
people with physical and developmental disabilities free of charge.
"As nurses, we are committed to improving the quality of life for
others," said Vlasses, associate professor & chair of Health Systems
Management and Policy, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff
School of Nursing. "This service experience has provided us with a
unique way to combine our love for animals with care for people with
In addition to the financial obligations that go along with raising a
puppy, Havey and Vlasses take the dogs to class and teach them house
and public etiquette until they are old enough to enter a formal
"You might see our four-legged friends around Loyola's campus from
time to time," said Havey, RN, senior systems analyst, Department of
Medical Center Information Systems, LUHS. "Part of our responsibility as
volunteers is to acclimate these dogs to people. The Loyola community
has so graciously supported this training and the use of service dogs on
When the dogs are approximately 15 months of age, Havey and Vlasses
return them to CCI's regional training center for six to nine months
where they are trained to be one of four types of assistance dogs.
Service dogs are trained to assist with physical tasks and provide
social support to their partners. These dogs learn 40 commands to
enhance the independence of people with ailments ranging from spinal
cord injuries to multiple sclerosis.
Facility dogs are trained to work with a professional in a
visitation, education or health-care setting. They can perform more than
40 commands designed to motivate, rehabilitate or soothe clients with
Skilled companion dogs are trained to work with an adult or child
with a disability under the guidance of a facilitator. Disabilities
served include cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, autism and Down's
syndrome. A skilled companion also can serve as a social bridge to
people who are not used to relating to a person with disabilities.
Hearing dogs are trained to recognize and alert partners to various
sounds, such as a doorbell, alarm clock or smoke alarm. The average
service life of each dog is eight years. After that time, the dog
retires to live out its golden years as a pet.
Havey and Vlasses believe that animal-assisted therapy will
ultimately become a standard of care for healing. The pair will continue
to advocate for this therapeutic option through public speaking engagements and philanthropic work.
Therapy Dog refers to a dog trained to provide
affection and comfort to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing
homes, mental institutions, schools, and stressful situations such as
The concept of a therapy dog is often attributed to Elaine Smith,
an American who worked as a registered nurse for a time in England.
Smith noticed how well patients responded to visits by a certain
chaplain and his canine companion, a golden retriever.
Upon returning to the United States in 1976, Smith started a program
for training dogs to visit institutions.
Over the years health care professionals have noticed the therapeutic
effect of animal companionship, such as relieving stress, lowering
blood pressure, and raising spirits, and the demand for therapy dogs
continues to grow.
In recent years, therapy dogs have been enlisted to help children
overcome speech and emotional disorders.
The concept has widened to include other species, specifically
therapy cats, therapy rabbits, and therapy birds..
For more information about the topic Therapy dog,
read the full article at Wikipedia.org, or see the following related articles:
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handler, who has a mental (psychiatric) disability.
Examples of mental disabilities that sometimes qualify a person
for a service dog include, but are not limited to: Major Depressive
Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Autism,
Anxiety Disorder, and Schizophrenia..
For more information about the topic Psychiatric service
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of Therapy Dogs
Therapy dogs are not service or assistance dogs. Service dogs directly assist
humans, and have a legal right to accompany their owners in most areas.
In the United States, service dogs are legally protected at the federal
level by the Americans with
Disabilities Act of 1990. Therapy dogs do not provide direct
assistance and are not mentioned in the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Institutions may invite, limit, or prohibit access by therapy dogs. If
allowed, many institutions have rigorous requirements for therapy dogs.
Many organizations provide testing and accreditation for therapy
dogs. In the USA, some require that a dog pass the equivalent of the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen test, and then add further
requirements specific to the environments in which the dogs will be
working. In other places, the certification is by other organizations
such as St John Ambulance, the Alpha
Society, Inc., Tampa, Fl., Delta Society, Bellevue, Wa, TDInc, Cheyenne,
WY and TDI, Inc., Silver Spring, WA. Typical tests might ensure that a
dog can handle sudden loud or strange noises, can walk on assorted
unfamiliar surfaces comfortably, are not frightened by people with
canes, wheelchairs, or unusual styles of walking or moving, get along
well with children and with the elderly, and so on.
Pet Therapy is a more inclusive terminology regarding the benefits
from having a "therapy dog", or other "therapy animals" such as cats and
In the UK an organisation "Pets as Therapy" provides visiting dogs
and cats to institutions/establishments where pets are otherwise not
The organizations do not "certify" therapy dogs; they are simply
therapy dog registrars.
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