WHAT IS A THERAPY DOG?
Therapy dogs are best known for bringing affection, comfort and happiness to people in confined living situations, whether they are in a hospital for a short stay or living in an assisted living home.
Sadly, sometimes family and friends are too uncomfortable to visit their ill or aging loved ones because of their condition. Connecting with an animal, petting or cuddling with it, can bring a smile and warm memories to those who feel ill, lonely or neglected.
Therapy dogs also serve in many other ways. This includes helping people with learning difficulties, helping people with mental and physical therapy, and bringing comfort to people in stressful situations such as those recovering from disaster.
Research has shown that contact with a therapy animal helps improve a patient's physical, mental, emotional and social state, which in turn helps them better engage and participate in the process of their treatment and recovery.
Therapy dogs come in all shapes and sizes. Their most important characteristic is not their species, breed or appearance, but their temperament. They are friendly, patient, confident, gentle, and at ease with strangers. They provide unconditional acceptance and never fail to put smiles on the faces of children and adults.
LOVING PAWS OF CLERMONT owner/handler Marc Gelbke with registered Therapy/Comfort Dog Zoey offer FREE Therapy services to local businesses, organizations and special events upon request to those in need or simply want to feel how special a dog can be. There is NEVER any charge for this service.
As you can imagine, it takes a lot of energy out of a dog that provides Therapy services. We typically prefer to keep visits at 1-2 hours in duration. This allows adequate rest for canine and handler.
CALL OR TEXT US TO REQUEST SERVICE
Services are FREE
WHO CAN REQUEST A THERAPY DOG VISIT?
Basically anyone can request a visit from us, but foremost our services are designed to serve the greater Lake County Community through our Outreach Program such as:
- Child Care Centers
- Nursing Homes
- Special Olympics
- Veterans (PTSD)
- Special Events