|Bristol looking sharp in his official vest|
It has been quite some time since our last post. We hope you are enjoying your summer as much as us!
Before we retire our Pup-of-the-Month, Bristol, we wanted to honor him with a post about therapy dogs and their miraculous ability to provide love and healing. The bond between humans and dogs is truly amazing and that is what we wish to celebrate in this post.
|Photo Credit: Jax Custom Photography|
Bristol on the job AND having fun!
Bristol began his journey as a puppy. At just 9 months of age, he completed the 10-step test to become certified as a Canine Good Citizen. This certification focuses on training and developing positive behaviors such as, successfully responding to commands from his handler, demonstrating polite and calm behavior with strangers and in crowds, and interacting positively with other dogs. After completing his certification, Bristol began visiting an assisted living facility in his community. His sweet nature and loving demeanor was bringing so much joy to others, that his owners, Susan and Jack, decided to expand his experience and their visits to local hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and other organizations throughout their community. Bristol has since completed his "Canine Masters Degree" by also achieving certification with Therapy Dogs, Inc. and Bright and Beautiful.
|Photo Credit: Jax Custom Photograpy|
Bristol giving kisses
What is pet therapy?
Common Benefits of Pet Therapy:
- Reduces depression and anxiety
- Lowers blood pressure
- Increases a sense of calm while releasing endorphins
- Creates and increases motivation for faster recovery
- Increases socialization
- Provides comfort
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