Pet therapy is a guided interaction between a client and a trained animal. It also involves the animal’s handler/client therapist. The purpose of pet therapy is to help someone recover from or cope with a health problem or mental disorder.
Breathe has 2 pet therapy dogs in training currently Bronx and Brooklyn Grace. Names inspired by our main therapist running the NYC Marathon. Bronx is sweet and loves to snuggle, and Brooklyn is a bit more energetic. If interested in having a pet therapy dog in session please let your therapist know.
What are the benefits of pet therapy? Pet therapy builds on the pre-existing human-animal bond. Interacting with a friendly pet can help many physical and mental issues. It can help lower your heart rate, reduce blood pressure and improve overall health. It can also release endorphins that produce a calming effect. This can help reduce stress. Pet therapy can be used in many different ways. Defined objectives are an important part of therapy, and your progress will be recorded and tracked at structured sessions. The goals of a pet therapy program can include:
developing social skills
increasing willingness to join in various activities
improving communication with others
Other benefits of pet therapy include:
making you happier, and improving your outlook on life
decreasing loneliness and isolation by giving you a companion
reducing anxiety because of its calming effects
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