Animal Assisted Therapy is an alternative type of therapy that involves the animal as a part of the treatment. As a result of developing a relationship with an animal it improves and enhances the social, physical, mental and emotional well-being of a client. Developing a relationship with an animal has shown to:
- reduce depression
- calm anxiety
- reduce heart rate and blood pressure
- help with developing boundaries.
Hence, clients co-regulate with the animal in session helping them to feel more safe, secure and less fearful. A therapy dog allows a person to gain Oxytocin and Dopamine from interacting with them. Because they are releasing these neurotransmitters they develop the ability to connect with others more and have a better sense of self.[image type=”circle” class=”alignright size-medium wp-image-2624″ src=”http://innergrowththerapy.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/IMG_20190718_172613-300×293.jpg” alt=”Remy_in_the_office_AnimaAssisted_Therapy_ Portland” width=”300″ height=”293″]
Who is Remy?
In May of 2019, Remy was adopted from the second chance program from the Oregon Dog Rescue. Therefore, little is known about his history. Found wandering the streets of the Central Valley of California, in the city of Turlock. Remy’s actual age is unknown. The rescue stated that he was 2 to 3 years old. Remy is a mix of poodle, shih tzu and terrier, making him a hypoallergenic dog.
Remy is currently in training to be a therapy dog. He has been actively working since he was adopted. Remy loves to meet new people and give them love. Giving kisses and being a lap dog is his favorite. Hence, Remy loves to greet clients and then let them settle in. When clients need extra support he will sit with them.
Do you want to learn more about how animal assisted therapy works? Check out these blog posts: