Therapy Dog worksheet

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What is the theory behind this therapy dog worksheet?

Animals are used in sessions as part of the evidence-based secondary therapeutic practice known as animal-assisted therapy (AAT) (most commonly dogs and horses). “Comfort dogs” are another name for therapy dogs. They assist someone’s mental health by attending to and comforting them. Their kind dispositions and unconditional love may be helpful for persons dealing with challenging health issues. Research proved that animals may improve psychiatric patients’ quality of life and happiness. 

How will the worksheet help?

Humans and animals have had a unique interaction from the beginning of time. This worksheet will assist clients in understanding their needs for a therapy dog and how therapy dogs help them in maintaining their mental health.  

How to use the worksheet?

The therapist can use this worksheet during the session. Therapists instruct clients to talk with the therapy dog and express what they are feeling. Then the therapist provides the worksheet to the client to answer the questions.  

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How dogs can offer a unique form of mental health therapy. (2012, August 6). Verywell Mind.