In a world where mental health issues among young people are on the rise, the importance of accessible and effective mental health support cannot be overstated. To further enhance their services, Learn 2 Live Youth Clinic have recently welcomed a furry addition to their team – a golden retriever who will undergo training to become a certified therapy dog. The inspiration came from the growing body of research demonstrating the positive impact of therapy animals on human well-being.
Selecting the Right Canine Companion
After careful consideration and research, the team decided that a golden retriever would be the ideal breed for the job. Renowned for their gentle and affectionate nature, golden retrievers are known to be excellent therapy dogs. They are patient, friendly, and have an innate ability to sense and respond to emotional distress in humans. Thus, the journey to find the perfect golden retriever began.
After an extensive search, the clinic found their ideal furry team member in a playful and affectionate golden retriever puppy named Roxy.
Training for Compassion
Roxy will be undergoing rigorous training to become a certified therapy dog. She will be learning essential commands and socialisation skills that will help her excel in her role. In addition to basic obedience training, Roxy will be exposed to various situations and environments to ensure she can confidently handle any situation within the clinic.
How Therapy Dogs Help
The introduction of a therapy dog like Roxy can have numerous positive effects on the clinic’s environment and the well-being of its Fellows:
Stress Reduction: Interactions with therapy dogs have been shown to reduce stress and anxiety levels. Many young people feel overwhelmed when seeking mental health support, and Roxy’s presence can offer a calming influence.
Increased Comfort: Some Fellows might find it difficult to open up and talk about their feelings. Therapy dogs provide a comforting and non-judgmental presence, making it easier for individuals to communicate their emotions.
Enhanced Engagement: Working with a therapy dog can make therapy sessions more engaging and enjoyable for young people. It can also promote a sense of trust and safety.
Positive Distraction: Roxy’s playful and affectionate nature can provide a positive distraction during difficult moments, helping Fellows refocus their thoughts and emotions.
Improved Mood: The simple act of petting a dog releases endorphins and promotes feelings of happiness and relaxation. This can be especially beneficial for those struggling with depression or mood disorders.
By investing time in the training and integration of a therapy dog, the clinic aims to create a more compassionate and effective environment for their Fellows. Roxy’s presence is not just about offering a helping paw; it’s about offering hope and healing to those who need it most. As Roxy em“barks” on her training journey, the clinic staff eagerly await the day she becomes a certified therapy dog, ready to make a positive impact on the lives of many.
If you would like to learn more about our programme and how you can come and meet Roxy please contact us HERE