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.