Canine-Assisted Therapy is one of the most revolutionary treatments in the mental and emotional healthcare sector in the last half a century. This treatment technique which was invented in 1976 uses trained dogs to treat patients with mental and emotional difficulties.
Roseann Bennett is a top-notch family and marriage therapist, who is credited with taking Canine-Assisted Therapy mainstream when she launched her treatment center, the Center for Assessment and Treatment in 2010. Before starting her treatment center, she was working as an in-home therapist for more than a decade. This celebrated family and marriage therapist recently the revolutionary Canine-Assisted Therapy in one of her blog posts.
When she founded the with her husband Todd, Roseann’s mission was to bridge the gap between in-home therapy and outpatient therapy. While working with children, she first became interested in Canine-Assisted Therapy”.
In an article with BlogWebPedia entitled “Roseann Bennett Is Helping Her Clients By Using Canine-Assisted Therapy”, Bennett explained why Bennett wanted to incorporate therapy dogs into her practice, what they can do to improve a client’s life, what breeds make great therapy dogs, and who can benefit from working with them.
How it works
According to the blog post, Canine-Assisted Therapy uses trained therapy dogs to calm its patients down. Depending on the training provided to the dog, it can be used in the therapy room and beyond. Roseann Bennett stated that those therapy dogs that are used beyond the therapy room need specialized training per the mental or emotional challenges that a patient faces.
Roseann Bennett went on to reveal that there are certain dog breeds which are better suited at being therapy dogs more than others. Some of these dog breeds include German Shepherds, Greyhounds, Pugs, French Bulldogs, Beagles, Saint Bernards, Pomeranians, Pembroke Welsh Corgis, and Labrador Retrievers.
Mental and emotional disorders treated through canine-assisted therapy
Roseann Bennett stated that in the therapy room, Canine-Assisted Therapy dogs could be used to treat any mental and emotional disorder. This is because such therapy dogs are usually trained to be calm and pass-on the feeling of relaxation to patients who walk into therapy rooms. For therapy dogs that are outside of the therapy rooms, there specialized training has allowed them to treat children with anxiety disorders. Additionally, they can treat patients suffering from various forms of depression including PTSD and also loneliness among the elderly.