A couple of years ago, we purchased a beagle mix from a nearby kennel. After reading a lot of information about therapy dogs, I decided to see what kinds of programs were available in English, in Denmark. I was unable to find anything so I read up about the mere presence of animals in the therapy session. Not surprisingly, there is a wealth of data about the calming effects of animals. With the goal of bringing ‘Esther’ to work, I began training her. I also took here everywhere– trains, busses, and my classroom where I teach. My goal was to get her acclimated to many different sounds, sights, and types of people. Today, at 2-years old, she is a surprisingly calm dog, and I have ventured into bringing her into the therapy office. My clients have, for the most part, been appreciative.
Feel free to say how you would feel if there was a dog in your therapy!
Here is a link from someone who researcher this exact issue. Enjoy!