Animal Assisted Therapy
Introducing our therapy dog, Momo
Coming to therapy and talking to a stranger about painful or scary things can be difficult for adults or children. We have found that our therapy dog, Momo can help in lots of ways. Not only is he a good listener, but he is friendly and enjoys helping people feel safe and calm. Whether he is just hanging out, sleeping on his cushion, playing games, or cuddling up next to them, many people find it helpful to have him in the room when they come. Of course, not everyone likes dogs, so no-one has to interact with Momo if they don't want to. And if anyone is frightened of dogs, we make sure you don't have to have him in the room.
We are not the only ones who think a therapy dog is helpful. Researchers in many areas have found that, “…the presence of a friendly unfamiliar pet … can positively affect physiological ... responses such as heart rate, blood pressure, and skin temperature in the absence of and in the presence of specific stressors that usually elicit sympathetic stress responses” (Julius et al, 2013, 56)