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Therapy Dogs - a growing trend

During our School Access Audits, we are seeing more and more ‘Therapy Dogs’.

Therapy dogs have become a common sight in primary and secondary schools across the country, and for good reason. These specially trained dogs provide a wide range of benefits for students, teachers, and staff alike.


One major benefit of having therapy dogs in schools is that they can help reduce stress and anxiety. Interacting with a friendly and nonjudgmental dog can help students feel more relaxed and at ease, which can in turn improve their focus and performance in the classroom. Therapy dogs can also provide comfort and support to students who may be struggling with emotional issues or difficult situations.



In addition to reducing stress, therapy dogs can also help improve the overall well-being of students. Studies have shown that spending time with a dog can lower blood pressure, reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation, and increase feelings of happiness and contentment. This can have a positive impact on students' mental health and social skills, helping them to develop stronger relationships with their peers and teachers.


Furthermore, therapy dogs can help create a more positive and inclusive school environment. By having a friendly and approachable dog on campus, schools can promote a sense of community and encourage empathy and kindness among students. Therapy dogs can also serve as a source of comfort and companionship for students who may be feeling overwhelmed or isolated.


Overall, the benefits of having therapy dogs in schools are clear and far-reaching. As this practice becomes more popular, we can expect to see even more schools embracing the positive impact that these furry companions can have on the well-being and success of their students.


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