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The Pros and Cons of Therapy Dogs

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Therapy dogs are a hot topic in the world of education. Many schools have them now and others are curious if it is something which would help their students. When determining what to do, it is important to factor in a lot of things. As with other forms of therapy and services, there are pros and cons to these canine companions. Being able to research both sides and knowing possible outcomes will help with the process.

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Benefits of Therapy Dogs in Sessions

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Therapy dogs are quite popular these days in schools across the United States. While people may traditionally associate the canine helpers with visits to sick children or senior residents in nursing homes, therapy dogs are expanding their roles in many communities. Therapy dog specialists are able to work with schools to determine different ways they may be integrated into classrooms or sessions to assist children.

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Therapy Dogs Help Students in Some Surprising Ways

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Therapy dogs have become very popular and there has been a dramatic increase in them over the years. In the past, therapy dogs were mainly used with patients in hospitals and seniors living in nursing homes. In recent years, they started to utilize the canines in schools to work with students in many different ways. Schools work with therapy dog specialists to come up with different ways that they may assist within your buildings. Below are some ways that they have been used around schools throughout the country.

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Comfort Dogs Helping Community at Large

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Therapy dogs are becoming more common in schools across the United States. Research has shown that the canine companions are able to reach children in ways that many humans cannot. Within a district, the dogs are used multiple ways in schools and classrooms. They may work in a special education class to ease the anxiety of students as they arrive and transition each morning. Speech pathologists can include them within therapy sessions because dogs are great listeners and do not judge. While reading to students, teachers may ask the therapy dogs to listen to the story as well. When students are reluctant to read to teachers or to their peers, they may not hesitate to read to a friendly animal.

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Can Therapy Dogs Smell Stress?

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Therapy dogs are not uncommon in the world of educational therapy. Many times, they work with special education classes to assist students. These canine companions may help encourage them in speech and language, move with them during physical therapy, or simply be a friendly face that makes them happy. Now there are even more specialized therapy dogs that are able to smell stress. These canines are able to sniff out the subtle scent of the stress hormone cortisol on a person's breath.

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