Therapy Dogs for Facilities2018-04-18T16:27:13+00:00

Therapy Dogs for Visits to Facilities

Therapy Dog Visits for Facilities

Sharing Our 4-Legged Friends to Spread Smiles & Joy

Researchers and experts agree that pets excel as therapeutic agents and that dogs are an antidote to depression. Studies have shown a decrease in both blood pressure and stress levels during therapy dog visits. A visit from one of our therapy dog teams can break the daily routine, increase overall emotional well-being, and stimulate the mind in dramatic ways. Our registered therapy dogs offer so many wonderful benefits to people of all ages such as:

  • Bringing joy and laughter, even if for a short time
  • Taking a person’s mind off of personal problems, aches, pains and worries
  • Getting people to share their emotions and stories
  • Giving a chance for people to communicate with others
  • Lowering stress levels and blood pressure
  • Rekindling warm memories of their pets

If your facility would like to start a therapy dog program, Alliance of Therapy Dogs is at your service. Best of all, there is no cost to your facility.

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Why Alliance of Therapy Dogs is Your Best Choice

Extensive Testing

Our registered therapy dogs undergo extensive testing to make sure that they have good manners and react positively to being touched by strangers. After passing the test, ATD requires that the dog and the handler complete three successful supervised visits in a facility, school, or other public venue where they must successfully interact with strangers in therapy-like settings. Two of these visits are in a medically related facility.

Clean, Groomed & Healthy

Our therapy dogs are cleaned and groomed before visits, up-to-date on rabies vaccines and other inoculations recommended by their personal veterinarians, and show proof of a negative fecal exam every 12 months.

Covered by Our Insurance

ATD provides insurance for its volunteer teams in the unlikely event someone is injured as a result of interacting with the therapy dog.

Testimonials from Facilities

Alliance of Therapy Dogs is the registration organization of choice for us here at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix. This choice is primarily driven by the fact that the quality of testing is critical in the acute care hospital setting. The test is administered in the environment where the dog will serve so there is an accurate assessment of the animal’s behavior based on the noises, sounds, smells and other factors. Alliance of Therapy Dogs also has the best insurance of all the registration organizations. The combination of these two factors makes ATD the obvious choice for our facility.

Kristina Proctor, Director Volunteer Resources, University Medical Center Phoenix

The Pets Unstressing Passengers (PUP) therapy dog program at Los Angeles World Airports (LAX) has partnered with Alliance of Therapy dogs since our inception April 15, 2013. They are a wonderful group to work with for many reasons. They are always available by phone or email to answer any questions. We have assisted 54 other airports nationwide to help start similar programs and ATD is the organization we refer airports to partner with. We love the magazine that they produce to see what other teams are doing in the therapy dog world. We appreciate you ATD!!!

Heidi Huebner, PUP Program Director, LAX