Animal-assisted therapies have been proven to:1
- Promote competence and expand impulse control
- Heighten the capacity for love and empathy
- Facilitate trust and understanding
Studies show that the presence of an animal can lower anxiety, motivate therapy participation and cultivate self-awareness in nonverbal or socially isolated children. That’s proof positive that dogs and their humans can be a force for good.
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2. Ganzert RR, McCullough A. Pets in the classroom: phase 1 findings report. American Humane Association. Washington, D.C. 2015.
3. Belfield C, Brooks B, Klapp A, et al. The economic value of social and emotional learning. 2015.