Animal Magnetism

In psychotherapy, an approach called “person-centered counseling” calls for three essential qualities in the therapist: empathy, acceptance, and authenticity. According to a 2014 study of 312 middle school students, therapy dogs rate high on all three elements.
That will make sense to any pet owner. Animals have no pretense, so they are genuine and fully present. They don’t judge. And it’s obvious from anecdotal evidence that companion animals sense low mood, anxiety, and agitation.
“It’s like she knows I’m not feeling well,”one Oregon woman told us about her beagle, Mackenzie. “When she snuggles in my lap it calms me.”
You’ll find sentiments like that echoed in “Friends with Benefits,” in the new Spring 2015 issue of bp Magazine. Plus, spending quality time with a companion animal—visiting with a therapy dog, having a dog at home, stroking a cat, even watching goldfish— links to better cardiovascular health, combats stress, and eases depression and anxiety.
Read entire article at BP Magazine

July 28 Educational Meeting!

You don’t want to miss this one!
Gina Little from Dream Power Therapeutic Equestrian Center will speak about the unique benefits of therapeutic horsemanship for individuals with disabilities. Please view their website at www.dreampowertherapy.org for more detailed information.
Also, first, Jeff Fink will be briefly talking about the use of psychiatric service dogs as well as therapy dogs in helping those struggling with mental illness.  Jeff indicates his website, www.gofetchwellness.com should be up and running by the end of the weekend.
Jeff will be bringing his dog Earl, not sure if Gina will bring a horse 🙂

Click the Education link above for time and directions. Hope to see you there!