The use of Therapy Dogs is designed to help young people improve their physical, social, emotional or cognitive function. These specially trained and certified dogs help people with a variety of mental health conditions, including PTSD, anxiety, depression and complex trauma. Therapy Dogs are a proven and integral part of the mental health treatment process. In an environment where touch is not appropriate, a dog offers a chance for touch that is calming and helpful. Patting a dog has been shown to decrease stress hormones, lower blood pressure, regulate breathing and release oxycontin.
Our A-Maze-In Mind Program is an early intervention and education program and is run by qualified and experienced professionals in a variety of settings, including group settings to help young people deal with anxiety, stress, and educate them on a number of mental health issues affecting young people.
‘Angel’, our Pugalier, is currently undergoing the appropriate training, and will become a certified Therapy Dog. Her attendance at the residential care facilities increased participant attendance and engagement.