Animal Therapy is for you!

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After reading the previous posts, I think you can conclude by now that Animal Assisted Therapy is great for everyone. The techniques used through this therapy are able to be performed with any type of person. It doesn’t matter what disorder, condition, or trauma you may have; these animals can help you! Animals are furry and friendly and just want a friend. If you are looking for help, why not choose the way that allows you to play and hang out with these furry guys! Animals do not have any other motives like most humans would. They simply just want someone to play with and that is what you are there for. However, in this process not only are you playing with these animals, but you are healing and comforting yourself as well. Animal Assisted Therapy has no harm to it. It is designed to be able to help anyone and that is just what it does. 

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I hope Animal Assisted Therapy works for you! 

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Even if you think you don’t like animals…

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It may be hard to believe for some, but many people out there do not like animals! Most of the time it is caused from them being afraid. Even if you are afraid of animals and they freak you out or scare you, animal therapy can change how you feel. These animals are not your average house pets or petting zoo barely trained animals. These animals are well taught and trained in a manor that is right for someone who is seeking therapy. The Animal Assisted Therapy program would never make a patient feel uncomfortable. The main goal of this business is to make these people feel better. This is why there is no need to fear any of the animals used for therapy. I am guilty of being scared of certain animals; however, I trust and know that every animal within this program is highly trained and taught well to help someone who will most likely be timid, uninterested, and not at ease. As you can see from the previous posts, Animal Assisted Therapy is created to make people feel comforted and heal their problems. It is a gentle type of therapy that can do no harm. 

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The role of the human therapists

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Animal Assisted Therapy is done at a place where the people love and respect each and every animal. These places are filled with love and the will to heal the people who are in need. This type of therapy has highly trained therapists as well as animals. The people are there to make sure that everything runs smoothly and they are experts in their field of study. So not only are they making sure everything is okay with the animal and the patient, but they are able to help the person and guide them down the path they need as well. The people are technically therapists, but it is the animals job to do the healing and the human therapist is there just incase, and as a secondary figure. This being said, the animals are mainly doing the job but if the patient feels as if they might need an extra push along the way, the human therapists are there to help as well! Nothing negative comes out of trying Animal Assisted Therapy. It is great therapy for any type of person in need of some healing.

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Therapy for everyone

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Animal Assisted Therapy does not just need to be for those who are hurt, elderly, or have a mental disability. Someone who is just seeking help can choose Animal Therapy as well. Sometimes talking to a person one on one just does not work out for people. In fact, I personally do not find that talking to someone helps me to resolve my issues or make me feel better. This is why Animal Therapy is such a great, unique idea. It is just a way to relieve some stress and knowing that something is there for you even if you may feel lost. Animal Therapy is a great tool to use if you are just in need of a companion. You would be surprised at how well animals can turn your day around!

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Giving the elderly some company

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Everyone has a grandparent, a great aunt or uncle or even a family friend that is very elderly. Some may even know someone who lives in a nursing home or assisted living. These people get their visitors from time to time but do not get to always have as many activities as they would like. Or maybe they are at the point in their life where they could use some help mentally. This is where the animals come into play. Animals are not just for young people and the elderly would appreciate and love them just the same. These animals can be there to sit by the persons side and keep them company while they just lay in bed. They also can be there during free time to play. Just having something different to do for these people could brighten their day! It will make them feel young again by playing with these animals and take their mind off of any stress they may have.

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The jobs that come with Animal Therapy

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Animal Therapy cannot happen on its own. Many people go through hard work and training in order to make these animals the best they can be for their patients. There needs to be therapists to teach the animals how to behave around the patients and also what to do and what not to do. Teachers are needed as well with an Animal Therapy business. They are needed to assist the patients and the animals during the sessions. The animals are doing most of the work; however, the teachers oversee the sessions and make sure everything is going as planned. They are also there to help the patient with anything they need. Many other jobs come with this business. Check out the link below to see the other various jobs one may have. 

http://www.animaledu.com/student/Careers/AnimalAssistedTherapyCareers.aspx

 

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Animals don’t talk back with words, they talk back with actions

Animal Therapy is a great option for anyone. People sometimes think that because an animal is helping them that it is useless; however, animals instincts allow them to be extremely intelligent. This being said, animals such as a dog, horse, rabbit, cats and many more can help people in different unique ways. Horses adapt to human feelings in different ways than dogs do, but somehow both work well for people who need help. Animals do not talk back with words but with actions instead. This too can sometimes be better to help people, especially those who do not want the advice or opinions from another person.

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Animal Assisted Therapy Program

Check this video out and see just how helpful a dog or any other animal can be to someone in need! Dogs are not the only animals that can help those who need some comforting. However, this video shows how dogs can be used in order to brighten someone’s day or make a family feel just a little bit better about the situation they are going through.

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Have a furry friend come visit you!

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People may believe that therapy is only for the ones that need to talk to someone about their problems. However, therapy is also very useful for those who are in critical condition. If you know someone who has been in a horrible accident and is in the hospital because of it, Animal Therapy can help them. It is the little things that help make someone feel better. Although an animal will not be able to heal their wounds physically, they will be there to help comfort them during their time in the hospital. It is never fun sitting in a hospital bed for days, and that is why having a friendly, furry, friend around can be so helpful!

Precautions people take before the animal comes to visit:

http://www.thebellamossfoundation.com/faq/guidelines-for-animals-visiting-hospitals/

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Are you going through a traumatic experience and want help?

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Feeling super anxious all the time, or even just stressed and depressed? You are not alone. Many people who undergo a traumatic experience all experience these same feelings. It is often very hard to escape the memories but it can be done. After a traumatic experience you probably feel very trapped inside your head. Which, not only can be frustrating, but mentally draining as well. A traumatic experience can be treated with many therapy sessions of you going to sit down to talk to someone. However, it can also be an exciting experience if you use animal therapy. Animals are always looking for someone to comfort or play with. Why not choose the fun way when dealing with stress, rather than be cooped up inside someones office for a session! Animal therapy can easily take your mind off any traumatic experience you have gone through and even help to reduce the stress it has been giving you along the way. 

How a traumatic experience can affect the brain:

http://www.kekuniminton.com/Brain-Function.html

Symptoms of a traumatic experience:

http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/recovering-disasters.aspx

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Help your child with Asperger’s Syndrome

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Asperger’s Syndrome seems to be more and more common throughout people today, especially amongst young children. At an early age one may start to realize their child may have Asperger’s Syndrome when they notice a drop in their social skill and communication skills. Animal Therapy is one of many solution that can help your child with these problems. Being interactive with an animal actually allows the person to watch and learn how to socialize and communicate with people. By playing with the animals or learning how to take care of them all teaches them how to use these skills when communicating with people. One may think that playing with a dog would not help but it would actually help your kid learn how to treat someone respectively and make them more comfortable around others! 

If you think your child may have Asperger’s Syndrome, here are a few helpful links to checkout:

http://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/mental-health-aspergers-syndrome

http://kidshealth.org/parent/medical/brain/asperger.html

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Cats want to cuddle!

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Cats are always there for you when you want to snuggle! They certainly cannot bark so they don’t ask for much. In fact a cat can be a very calming and soothing animal to have around. Just watching them play around and chase random objects can help to relieve some stress from the mind. Cats provide you with unconditional love and are constantly there for you when you want them to be. They will lay with you and sleep with you too! Cats may not seem like they would do much because they sometimes are perceived to be less smart than dogs, but they are actually just as helpful as a dog would be. Cats are just another animal that is perfect for someone in need of therapy when dealing with anxiety, feeling alone, and depression. They are a friendly companion to have!

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Read these two articles on why cats can be good for your health:

http://ezinearticles.com/?Therapy-Cats—Cats-Are-Good-For-Your-Health!&id=3296486

http://www.petsafe.net/blog/2012/05/30/cat-therapy-why-pets-are-good-for-your-health/

Rabbits are good for therapy?!

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Rabbits are a good animal to have for therapy because of their small size. Sometimes the size of a dog and even bigger, a horse, can be a little overwhelming! They are good for teaching people how to nurture and care for something when maybe they have never had that for them. It allows someone to also learn responsibility because taking care of a rabbit can be a lot of work. Having to clean their cages, feed them, and play with them would all go into that category. It is also always fun to watch rabbits run around and interact with nature. By watching the rabbit interact, it is able to teach the person how to interact properly with people as well. Many may think that people are not similar to a rabbit at all! However animals are very much like humans in a sense that we all encounter many obstacles throughout the day and speak to many different people or in a rabbits case, many animals every day.

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These two stories below, give some insight onto how rabbits can help people:

http://www.therabbithaven.org/Sam_031507.htm

http://www.examiner.com/article/rabbits-as-therapy-animals

Horses aren’t just for riding

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Horses don’t just need to be used for a sport. They can have so many other great meanings to them! Horses have a healing effect on the youth which makes them such a great resource for therapy. There is so much that kids can do with them. Whether it is riding, playing with them, or even just walking them. It allows the person going through therapy to forget the reason why they are there and enjoy the time with the horses while they have it. This happens because the kids are being interactive which allows their mind to wonder elsewhere. Some may think that horses are not a good option because they are very large. However this is a good thing because when the horse bonds with the person it allows them to have a sense of trust. Horses are able to mimic the way you feel and act uncomfortable if you are feeling uncomfortable. This allows you to teach yourself to keep calm and enjoy!

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For more information about why horses are so great for therapy:

http://www.asocequinoterapia.org/english/Beneficios.htm

http://herdbyahorse.com/benefits-of-equine-therapy/

Dogs were born to help others

ImageIt seems as if a dog can comfort anyone in need. When you’re lonely you have them to snuggle with and when you’re hurt they somehow always know how to be there. Dogs are able to calm people down and lower their blood pressure to make them more relaxed. All you need is to pet the dog for a little bit and maybe even play around. Dogs want to be your friend which makes them so great for people in need of therapy. From my experience of owning two dogs they are always loving and comforting and give you a sense of protection. Dogs really can be anyones best friend.

Top 5 Therapy Breeds:

http://www.therapydogcertification.com/5-best-therapy-dog-breeds/

Top 7 Characteristics a Dog will need:

http://www.therapydogcertification.com/7-most-important-characteristics-of-a-therapy-dog/

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You can register your pet to be a part of the therapy program

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Not all animals that are trained for therapy have to be directly through the program. Some can be animals from your very own home that you would like to have help others! As an owner of the animal you must go through training as well as making sure your animal meets all the requirements in order to be of service. All you have to do is put your animal through the service and if they achieve all the requirements then they are able to be used as therapy animals. This training is usually done through sessions involving the animal and the owners as well. It is through these trainings that the animal is fully evaluated in order to be of use.

Here are two sites that allow you to train your animal:

http://www.aspca.org/nyc/aspca-animal-assisted-therapy-programs

http://www.petfinder.com/dogs/dog-training/training-therapy-dog/

Who doesn’t want an animal to be their therapist?

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Everyone loves to have a cute puppy to play with. Think about how excited you get when you see one walking down the street and all you want to do is pet it. Well, this is why animal therapy is such a different, yet great approach on helping others. Some people refuse to believe that they need therapy. Others are just completely against therapy. However having an animal as the form of therapy can be intriguing to the person in need and actually make someone want to go to seek help. Sometimes it is the thought of having to just speak to someone about your problems that causes one to not want to go to therapy. But, when it is interactive and not just talking, it can help people in a different way. People are naturally attracted to animals therefore it can help more than talking to just a person because it will not seem like a typical therapuetic session.

This link provides you with some knowledge on how animal therapy is a good form of therapy for adolescents when they refuse to believe they do not need help.

Here is why animal therapy can be so helpful:

http://animalassistedtherapyprograms.org/adolescent-therapy.html

Meet some of the animals from Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta:

http://www.choa.org/Support-Childrens/Volunteering/Hospital-Volunteers/Pet-Therapy

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How Animal Therapy Can Affect a Person

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When my sister was in 1st grade she had late speech development. It was expected when she was not improving her speech, that she most likely had a mild form of Autism. Although she was never diagnosed with Autism, she still grew up having learning and social problems for quite some time. She would go to see a therapist to talk to but that can only take one so far. Sometimes talking to someone does not always work! What if there was some other kind of therapy that could help people with disabilities? Thats when I began to think about animal therapy. Animals are everyones best friends. They naturally help people feel safe or comfortable. So how about animal therapy that could help people with disabilities, suffering through a traumatic experience, or even for someone who needs help coping with life. It is a unique technique that can take someone a long way.

Why use animals?:

Here is a link provided to show why animals are such a great tool for therapy.

http://animalassistedtherapyprograms.org/whyanimals.html

Read the section “Harnessing the Healing Power of the Human-Animal Bond”:

http://www.americanhumane.org/interaction/programs/animal-assisted-therapy/

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