Help Improve a Patient's Social, Emotional and Cognitive Functioning

Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is a type of therapy that involves animals as a form of treatment. The goal of animal-assisted therapies is to improve a patient's social, emotional and cognitive functioning. Therapy involving animals has been used for centuries, but the science that proves its benefits has become indisputable. Today, animal-assisted therapy is frequently prescribed by doctors for their human patients. Numerous scientific research studies have proven that interactions with animals have significant health benefits, including:

  • Reducing blood pressure
  • Lowering anxiety and stress levels
  • Stimulating the release of endorphins, which help people feel good, which is especially important for those feeling isolated or depressed
  • Encouraging exercise
  • Leading to more independent and fulfilling lives
  • Increasing a sense of community

Clients that successfully attend and complete our Therapy Dog Training class automatically qualify for membership in our DuPage Therapy Dog Club.