Sunday, February 20, 2011

What is Animal-Assisted Therapy?

Animal-Assisted Therapy is a partnership between health care professionals, certified therapists and volunteers, using their trained pets as treatment modality.

Therapy dogs are animals that had been specifically evaluated and registered with one of the national organizations that operate in this capacity.

Good therapy animals need to like people, be controllable, trained, well mannered, and the most, have a stable personality.

Their ability to calmly accept unusual circumstances is what takes to be a good therapy animal. They are exposed to a wide variety of uncommon sights, sounds, smells, touches and situations.