31 MAY 2019
The Vancouver ecoVillage Therapy Dog Program would like to thank the students of Carisbrooke School in North Vancouver for the special opportunity to share the secrets of how our therapy dog program works. We enjoyed sharing inspirational stories of how therapy dogs make a difference in a people's lives in the community. The students learned the difference between therapy dogs and service dogs and their different roles. They were surprised to learn that animal-assisted therapy has marked physiological benefits such as helping to decrease blood pressure, cortisol and reduce overall anxiety. Some students had the opportunity to experience what that means first-hand.
Vancouver ecoVillage has a rigorous therapy-dog training program, which requires several months of training and testing. The therapy dogs are re-tested annually to ensure they keep displaying temperament that shows confidence, good manners and sociability with other dogs and people. The dogs meet strict health requirements, are well-groomed and gentle at all times. They even do tricks to entertain and amuse. Most of all, these special dogs and their handlers have a therapeutic and calming influence on people in the community who have the pleasure of meeting them.