Animal-Assisted Therapy

Animal-assisted therapy is the goal directed and documented use of an animal by a health or human service provider as a part of his or her specialty (Delta Society, 2008).

Benefits of Animal-Assisted Therapy

  • Rapport building
  • Decreasing anxiety
  • Fostering attachment
  • Increasing openness
  • Adding emotional safety
  • Improving motivation
  • Developing physical, cognitive, emotional and social competencies

Studies show that Animal-Assisted Therapy can help with the following issues:

  • Autism
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Youth maladjustment and conflict with parents
  • Chronic medical conditions
  • Anger management

From Play Therapy With Kids & Canines, VanFleet (2008) and Delta Society Student Manual



Meet Our Pups….

 Bianca the Bulldog – Belongs to Nicole Ross, MS

Bianca the English Bulldog is a therapy dog in training

Bianca the English Bulldog is a therapy dog in training



Pet me!

When you first meet me, please put your hand out for me to sniff. I sometimes get scared by fast movement around my head. Please pet me under my chin or rub my ears. I also like to be pet on my back and belly. In fact – I LOVE belly rubs!

Feed me!

Open your hand with your palm up. Place treat in center of your hand. Put your hand under my mouth. Do not hold treat with your fingertips!

Play with me!

Words I know: (I am working on a lot of other words, but I am still a baby).

  • Sit
  • Come
  • Stay (well…I am working on that one)