Check Out A Therapy Dog. Literally!

Therapy dogs are being appreciated these days in a wide variety of settings, from funeral homes to law school libraries. Yes, that’s right. You can now check out Monty from the Yale Law Library for up to 30 minutes. This is just a pilot program at the moment, but I could see this becoming a permanent part of the services that the library provides to stressed out law students.  A letter to the law school students indicates that this service will begin on March 28th, and states “It is well documented that visits from therapy dogs have resulted in increased happiness, calmness, and overall emotional well-being.” They also lower anxiety and stress levels, which must run high among law school students.

Grief Therapy Dogs

In Ohio, a funeral home has found that the presence of a therapy dog seems to be consoling to mourners. Terry Palmer at Fawcett, Oliver, Glass and Palmer Funeral Home decided to allow the presence of a Labrador Retriever after seeing the effect he had on the families. He is now a fixture.

Delta Societyis a non-profit organization that is keen on helping people incorporate animals in their lives in a variety of ways. They are also involved in research about the human-animal bond. If you are interested in learning more about  therapy dogs Delta is a great resource.

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2 Responses to “Check Out A Therapy Dog. Literally!”

  1. Michelle S 11. Mar, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    Wow! That is an awesome program!! What a great way to get the benefits of love from an animal, even if you aren’t at a place in your life where you can care for one. And how cool for the dogs, too, to get all of that attention! I can absolutely attest to the value of a dog for easing grief. They heal the heart in a way no other being can.

  2. Ken Perry 12. Mar, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    Cool – rent a dog to meet a girl on the quad! Those ivy leagers think of everything.

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