10 of the Greatest Benefits of Therapy and Service Dogs

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#1 – Therapy Dogs Help People Overcome Speech Disorders

Therapy Dogs Help People Overcome Speech Disorders© buzzfeed.com

Individuals suffering from Dysarthria, a condition in which the muscles used for speech are weak or difficult to control, can get much benefit from therapy pets. These well-trained dogs can actually help Dysarthria patients gain back the coordination of muscles along with their speech by promoting the increase of the patients’ attention span and improving their muscle coordination.

#2 – Therapy Dogs Help in Anxiety Relief


Therapy Dogs Help in Anxiety Relief© Prescott House

Therapy dogs can immensely help patients suffering from anxiety or any type of behavioral disorders. Amazingly, diseases like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Opposite Defiant Disorder (ODD) can be partially treated with the help of animal-assisted therapy.

According to studies, touching dogs has a real healing power, as hormones like dopamine and beta-endorphin are released while we touch a pooch. This eventually aids in the relief of all kinds of anxiety or stress.



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  1. My son was involved in an accident in 2010. That accident caused a TBI and that caused him to be legally blind and limited use of his right arm. We do not how long he will keep what sight he has now. I am trying to find someone that is capable of training a service dog for him. He insist he have a German Shepherd as that is what he grew up with. I am a foster parent for Guardian Angle Dog rescue in Tampa, FL. and would like to adopt a dog to train as there are so many young large dogs to adopt. Might you have information on a trainer in the Tampa area? I have fostered over 300 dogs and but I am not sure I could pick out a dog that would be good for training and could like assistance with that. At this point He really needs a dog to walk with and that will alert him to people around him. He walks in our neighborhood. But he has been accosted several times and I don’t want to restrict him any more than he already is. Would you be able to give me some information that may point me in the right direction? I just don’t have thousands of dollars to spend and some of the restrictions they have are not acceptable to him. He has not stayed anywhere with out me as he will not stay alone. That seems to be a requirement. Any help or information you could give would be appreciated. Regards, Starr Barineau Tampa FL. 813-264-5544 Hm. 813-493-7827 cell you may text or call.

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