What Pet Therapy Services does the CHW offer to students? The Dr. J. Michael Harding Center for Health and Wellness (CHW) is open between 9-5 Monday-Friday or by appointment times for Pet Therapy may vary by semester). No appointment is needed to attend the open pet therapy sessions—just come, and bring a friend. For more information, please contact the Dr. J. Michael Harding Center for Health and Wellness at 740-376-4477.
What is Pet Therapy?
According to the Therapy Dogs International website, the primary objective of the therapy dog and handler is to provide comfort and companionship to increase emotional well-being, promote healing, and improve the quality of life for those who interact with the therapy dog. “Four-footed therapists give something special to enhance the health and well-being of others. It has been clinically proven that through petting, touching, and talking with animals, patients’ blood pressure is lowered, stress is relieved, and depression is eased.” (TDI Dog)
Meeting with a therapy dog offers a chance for hugs, pets, perhaps a doggy kiss, and lots of non-verbal sharing. Students may interact minimally or may find themselves on the floor for a gentle romp. The handler, will help with those who may be “dog-shy” and of course, will always be there to assure that all interaction is safe for everyone involved. The handler will also provide answers to any questions about the dog, their training, and the role of therapy dogs that may occur.
Who may benefit from Pet Therapy?
Any student who likes dogs or feels peace and connection in interacting with animals may benefit from attending a Pet Therapy event. Those with anxiety, depression, loss issues, loneliness and homesickness may especially benefit. But you do not need to have a “mental health concern” to visit and enjoy a session with our Therapy Dog—any student stressed by a demanding schedule, distance from loved ones, or perhaps especially missing a family pet companion is welcome at Pet Therapy events.
Are the dogs certified and insured?
Therapy Dogs International TDI dogs are temperament-tested and formally trained in the role of Therapy Dog. Is this a repeated statement - The dogs are temperament tested, certified, and insured as members of TDI. Watch for the bright red bandana!
Therapy Dogs International, Inc.
88 Bartley Rd.
Flanders, New Jersey 07836
We reserve the right to cancel a visit or leave an event early if there is any question of safety for the handler or the animal.