There are numerous benefits of working with therapy animals.
Studies have shown that a person holding or petting an animal will cause a lowering of blood pressure, the release of strain and tension, and can draw out a person from loneliness and depression (TDI, 2013).
Additional research has also shown that patients that work with therapy dogs have a substantial increase in both their physical and psychological well-being. This increase has been demonstrated through the release of important hormones and neurotransmitters in the brain which promote proper body functions and this release has been demonstrated in individuals after working with a therapy dog (therapydog.com, 2013).
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