What is pet therapy?
Pet therapy, or animal-assisted therapy, is a type of therapy involving animals as a form of treatment. The goal may be to improve a patient’s social, emotional, or cognitive functioning.
Pet therapy can be offered in a residential aged care setting, retirement living, home and community care, and rehabilitation centres and hospices. Animals used in the therapy may include domesticated pets and farm animals.
Benefits of Pet Therapy
Research has revealed many benefits to pet therapy; some of which may include:
How does it work?
Generally, pets first need to undergo special training before being used in pet therapy.
This training may involve going through a range of possible situations with a trainer so the pet is aware of the appropriate ways to respond. It is important these responses are taught so the animal doesn’t panic when faced with a real life scenario.
The animals used in pet therapy must also:
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