Providing Emotional Support to Those in Need
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Therapy Dogs Volunteer Experience
As part of Magnolia Paws for Compassion, employees in Eisai’s offices are provided the opportunity to have their own pets trained as therapy dogs. Read more from employees about their rewarding experiences volunteering with patients.
Frank & Tony
During our visits to an assisted living facility, it has been great to see Tony’s ability to connect with different people. Tony gives everyone something positive to focus on; people who were initially wary about approaching him have now become some of his best friends.
Diana & Ash
It has been a heartwarming experience seeing the joy that Ash brings to those we visit at our healthcare center. It’s interesting to see how a visit from Ash can brighten their day and how we feel after the visit knowing that we enjoyed sharing Ash.
Tiernan & Dobby
Visiting the memory care residence with Dobby was a very rewarding experience. I have engaged with many dementia patients in the past, however this visit allowed me to interact with them in their own comfort zone. They were delighted to meet Dobby, and he was only too happy to get pets and stretches from them. He wears his emotions on his tail and this was noticed by all who met with him.
Kilus & Buddy
I knew that the therapy dog program was the way to share Buddy with the “world.” Everyone loves Buddy, and he was the friendliest and most lovable of his training classmates because he simply loves to be petted! I very much look forward to sharing Buddy with patients.
Research suggests interaction with dogs can promote health and well-being by providing companionship, emotional support and comfort to their handlers. Interaction with dogs can improve blood pressure, heart rate, stress, depression, anxiety, pain, fatigue and social functioning.
Use Your Furry Friend as Motivation and Establish a Routine
Walking has a number of health benefits for your pooch - and you! Research has found dog walking can improve a dog owner’s physical activity levels, and the motivation and encouragement provided by animals may strengthen engagement in a weight loss program.
Emotional Health Benefits
There are also emotional benefits to walking a dog, including providing companionship, which has been found to decrease feelings of loneliness and isolation.
Socialize With Your Dog
Go to the park with your dog, and you may find that you’re chatting with more people than you would otherwise. Dogs are a great way of breaking the ice.