The concept for certified therapy dogs first arose in 1976. Since then the benefits of certified therapy dogs have been widely recognized. Over the past 40 years, the use of certified therapy dogs for numerous conditions has grown. Therapy dogs for companionship for elderly persons is recognized to have therapeutic benefits. Petting and talking to therapy dogs can be calming to patients, reduce blood pressure, and can stimulate conversation. In many cases, seniors reminisce about past pets they have had in their lives and become more engaged in conversation.
Certified Therapy Dogs in Barrie
Simcoe Senior Services is proud to be one of the only in-home providers for therapy dogs in Barrie, Simcoe County and throughout Ontario. We recognize, appreciate and promote the benefits of therapy dogs to any child or adult experiencing any of the following:
- Loneliness and isolation,
- High blood pressure,
- Difficulty reading aloud,
- Low self-esteem and confidence,
- Stress associated with high school, college or university exams,
- Anyone looking for a friendly, furry visit.
Simcoe Senior Services’ has highly-trained and carefully screened Dog/Handler teams. We can bring certified therapy dogs to visit you or a loved one in your own home and also in schools, senior residences, nursing homes, and long-term care facilities. Our teams are fully insured and our dog handlers all have CPR and First Aid qualifications for your safety.
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If you would like more information on our Therapy dogs or if you would like to meet one of our dogs, let us know, we would be glad to assist you.