Dog Therapy in Waiting Rooms Calms and Eases Pain (mobile format)

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  1. I would love to read the article…too bad I have to have a sign on for the site. I have heard of psychiatric service dogs, but I was under the impression that a person has to train the dog themselves. I know my doctor would recommend a therapy pet, but I wish I could get one that would help me with remembering my medication and helping to calm me when I have a reaction to a loud noise or yelling. I think it would be great if there were therapy dogs in my psychiatrist’s office.

    • Whoops I didn’t realize it’s one of those sites you have to sign on to. The issues that you’re having can certainly be addressed by a psychiatric service dog (PSD). You can find complete information on virtually every aspect of PSDs

      Most people with PSDs do train them themselves but help is available if you don’t feel up to the task, and help is available all along the way. I recommend the GoldenPaw yahoo group, which is not focused on psychiatric service dogs per se but is a very congenial group for people with any disability who are partnered, or thinking of partnering, with a service dog. They can be found

      I just wrote a 1200 word post on PSDs for another blog, , which I highly recommend, but the post vanished when I hit the “publish” button so I’ll have to rewrite it. Guess the Great Spirit of Blog Posts thought it needed a rewrite! I’ll post it on my blog here too, when I get it done, hopefully this week if nothing gets in the way.

  2. Thank you for your assistance!

    • It’s not just my pleasure, but my passion in life, helping people find and bond with their perfect canine partner. I’ve had three wonderful canine assistants in my life. There is no comparison between navigating life with a canine partner add opposed to without one. Ask me anything and I’ll try to steer you to the right resources.

  3. I am sure I will be back! If there are specific links you recommend, I would appreciate it. I think I am going to talk about the use of pets in therapy on Friday on my blog (I try to do something educational about bipolar and living with it every Friday). If you have a post on your own blog, I have no issues linking you in if it’s okay with you. I need to update all my links on the webpage so others can see who I follow, like you. I definitely want you to get credit for any information you are kind enough to share with me. 🙂

    • You’re more than welcome to link to me. If you quote from my Blog, please reference my name and link back to me. Of course I will do the same for you!

      It’s great that you’re doing a post on pet assisted therapy. I look forward to reading it!

  4. This is so interesting. When you think about service dogs, you think mostly about the benefits to the physically impaired. But if you’ve ever had a dog, or even a cat, this article shouldn’t surprise you. Animals are so much more aware and emotionally perceptive than most people give them credit for being.

  5. I could use a service dog for both my physical and mental challenges. A two in one package! hehe

    Luna, my parents’ little pomeranian has been so good to me these past few days. She’s a sweetheart. Even the other one who’s the grouchy alpha male has come up to me when he senses I’m in terrible distress. Dogs really are some of the best therapists. I remember when I was a kid, the hospital would have regular service/therapy dog days. It was great.

    And how are you holding up now?

    I’m sending a mental hug… 🙂


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