We offer classes for therapy dogs to become AAT dogs. We provide training in how to interact with the child/adult with the guidance of the teacher/therapist to improve the patient's functioning and work directly on the goals of the patients.
Becoming an AAT team takes more than just a dog that can sit and listen to a child read or allowing others to pet them. It takes specific training and dedication.
If you are interested in becoming an AAT team, please contact us to find out more!
What Are the Benefits of Animal-Assisted Therapy for Cancer Patients?
Animal-assisted therapy is a medically recognized treatment that employs various types of animals to help boost patients' emotional and physical well-being. The most commonly used animals are cats and dogs, but others include fish, dolphins, miniature horses and miniature pigs. Cancer patients can receive substantial benefits from the complementary treatment of animal-assisted therapy during chemotherapy, after an operation and during long-term recovery at home.
Patients suffering from cancer often experience a high degree of stress and depression. Hospitals often use dogs and cats to help patients after surgery or during chemotherapy. Patients may not always have family members or friends nearby to provide hourly companionship and support and may feel more comfortable talking with support animals about their fears when dealing with cancer. Dogs and cats, especially ones that are trained in the service field, are unconditionally supportive and loving to patients.
Animal-assisted therapy has also shown to be beneficial for cancer patients' physical health outcomes. Having service animals nearby can reduce a patient's anxiety and stress and this, in turn, allows the body to focus more energy on physical recovery.
Pain is one of the most common reported side effects of both cancer and its treatments. Chemotherapy, radiation therapy and tumor removal surgery can leave patients feeling a considerable amount of pain. Service animals have been shown in numerous studies to reduce the perception of pain and the additional need for addictive painkillers.