Dogs make such effective therapy animals because of their sensitivities to human emotion. They have been proven time and time again to show sympathy and empathy by nuzzling or whining when they sense a human is sad or in general emotional distress.
PTSD patients with a dog don’t just sleep more, but have higher levels of oxytocin and dopamine with reduced cortisol, the stress hormone.
How else do assistance dogs and pets help sufferers of post traumatic stress order?
Their roles can vary from actively participating in physical rehabilitation therapy to giving children with learning disabilities the confidence to read aloud and improve reading skills.
There are a few different ways that having a dog in the family can help an autistic child. There are two different types of dogs to consider
Either a specially trained assistance dog or general family pet can have significant benefits for a child with ASD.
Therapy dogs often visit places with vulnerable people such as nursing homes, hospitals, and college and schools to soothe stressed patients .
Therapy dogs are even being brought into the work place where they make employees feel less stressed and more productive.
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