Blog Entries ( Therapy dog )

Therapeutic dog training program UNC PAWS launches

October 20th, 2014
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PITTSBORO —As other trainers worked to teach dogs commands for “sit” and “heel” in a backyard at a therapeutic farm in Pittsboro on Thursday, Heather Nash petted a playful, energetic beagle named Rosie. Rosie seemed to be resisting obedience training. She stopped to roll in the grass on the way to the yard and had made a play for a bag of treats that Nash was ...

Campus Life: Drexel uses therapy dog at rec center

October 15th, 2014
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A therapy dog named “Jersey” has found a job across the river in Philadelphia. Drexel University has become the first in the country to host an on-site therapy dog in its recreation center year-round. Colleges are beginning to use therapy dogs to help students cope with stress, but few have dogs on campus full time. Studies show dogs can reduce blood pressure, lower anxiety and aid with ...

Who rescues whom in this prison dog training program?

September 8th, 2014
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Inmates in jail and dogs about to be euthanized don't typically cross paths. But at the Atlanta Fulton County Jail, inmates and dogs, both destined for a difficult road ahead, are finding love and compassion in one another. These Atlanta inmates are participating in the Canine Cellmates program. Dogs are paired with inmates and are trained as service dogs, while the inmates get an important lesson ...

Dog uses surfing skills as form of therapy for people

July 7th, 2014
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A dog with a bizarre love of surfing uses her skills as a form of therapy. Golden retriever Ricochet goes surfing with war veterans, children and the disabled to help cheer them up. She was originally turned down as a guide dog, as she kept chasing birds, so owner Judy Fridono tried to find another way she could help people. Judy took her to the beach near their ...

Rescue dog now helping others as therapy dog

June 25th, 2014
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WAUSAU, WIS. — She doesn't receive a paycheck, Social Security or vacation time, but Phoebe is a valued member of the therapy team at Compass Counseling Wausau. Phoebe's story is compelling, but she has to rely on others to tell it. Phoebe is a certified therapy dog at the outpatient mental health and alcohol and other drug abuse clinic. Her calm disposition helps her owner, counselor Andy ...