Researchers explored the benefits of therapy dogs on children with ADHD. Specifically, they wanted to test the symptoms of ADHD through interactions with therapy dogs. Here’s what their research found.
Once a month, visitors of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s (AFA) Education and Resource Center get to bond with therapy dogs for a free session. Patients with Alzheimer’s or other dementia-related illnesses take part and see great benefits.
November 11th is Veterans Day. Here are ten stories of how service dogs have helped changed the lives of veterans suffering from PTSD.
Young voters are notorious for sitting out during mid-term elections. One group hopes to change that by using therapy dogs to encourage voter registration among college students. They’re calling the event “Pups to the Polls.”
Therapy dogs and cats assist humans in a variety of ways; read in detail how these animal help humans who suffer from three specific illnesses, including dementia.
Everyone knows that service dogs help humans cope with stress and feelings of loneliness, but one study on college students by three universities proves it.
On Labor Day humans celebrate workers; not to be forgotten are the contributions made by our four-legged friends, be it guidance, therapy, or other working dogs.
Editorial: Falsely claiming your pet dog is a service dog is a crime; regardless of what one’s motives are; plus, it hurts people who legitimately rely on such animals.
Two-legged therapists with years of training and experience don't underestimate the impact of comfort dogs on people who have been through intense trauma.
Dogs can raise the spirits of depressed or ill humans, but a recent study found that canines elevate a person’s emotional well-being regardless of physical well-being.
Post-traumatic stress disorder doesn’t only impact soldiers returning from active duty — it also hits victims of sexual abuse; service dogs can help survivors cope.
Humans traveling through Los Angeles International Airport on Thanksgiving weekend may encounter therapy dogs, who will be roaming the halls with their handlers.
From comfort to care, dogs are providing survivors of last year’s Boston Marathon Bombings with the love and support they need to heal as this year’s race begins.
Surrendered by his owners after an accident robbed him of his sight, Xander helps those who are hurting and has a special affinity with abused spouses and children.
Some prisoners at the Maryland Correctional Institution have been training Labrador Retrievers to be therapy dogs, and view the labor of love as a way to pay back to society.
People who use service and therapy dogs need assistance with day-to-day living; however, a disturbing trend is emerging of able-bodied humans selfishly abusing the system.
Almost 15-years-old now, fluffy white mixed-breed dog Teaka is now deaf and nearly blind. But every week, she slowly makes her way through the front doors of the Captain Albert Stevens Elementary School in Belfast, Maine, where she serves as a trained therapy dog.For the past 14 years, Teaka has been a friend to the […]
Dogs are popular visitors in hospitals and senior centers, but now another group is reaping the benefits of some snuggle time with a furry friend — college students.Universities in the U.S. and Canada have started bringing in therapy dogs to help their students cope with the intense stresses of college life. Studies have shown that […]
By Michele C. Hollow, Pet News and ViewsKeith Crosby knows that a dog can take away loneliness and pain. Having dogs around helped him when he came back from Vietnam with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). “I had PTSD for years, and just didn’t know what it was,” he explains.With his close friend, Gresford “Lewis” […]
Note: Hector died on October 27, 2014. The original article follows: On Tuesday, a group of teens at the Kids in Transition residential facility in New Jersey received a special visit. The Lost Dogs author Jim Gorant, former Michael Vick dog Hector, and a rescued Pit Bull named Sarge stopped by. Like the dogs, the […]
David Sharpe wanted a Pit Bull. He’d come back from the war angry, violent, and out of control so he decided to get himself a fighter. A dog he could relate to. Sure enough, he found a tough-looking bundle of muscle, with clipped ears and built like a tank, and he brought her home. […]