Do you or ever have

@BlackBay (584)
Canada
August 30, 2007 9:03pm CST
Volunteered with your dog? At our hospital I've seen a few people visiting patients with their dogs and thought what a Great idea, especially for the elderly or young children who have to spens a lot of time in the hospital. I was wondering if any of you have done this or are doing it and what is your experince with it?
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@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
31 Aug 07
Pet therapy has been around for quite a while. I did one of my major research papers on pet therapy when I did my Masters. As you said, elderly and young children are the two that have had the most research. Our local nursing home has a large cat that is in the day room. The residents LOVE that cat. When they are in the dayroom watching TV, the cat is always in one of their laps!
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• United States
31 Aug 07
I havent but would love to. My sons head start teacher has asked me If I would bring in my lizard and ferret to the school to show the kids and teach them about it. They are both very nice and dont bite. I think it would be good for the kids to see a not so normal pet and get to touch it and learn about it.
31 Aug 07
Hi I know a lady at my obedience club that takes her dogs to nursing homes and hospitals on a regular basis there are lots of different types of programmes out there that will put you in the right direction if your interested the dog just need to pass some temperent testing and so obeidence skills your local kennal club should be able to point you in the right direction. The people who she vists love it they love seeing the dogs and always enjoy themselves what else can I say
@needy911 (52)
• United States
31 Aug 07
Well, I've never done it but they allow it in some nursing homes and children's hospital for therapy purposes. And some nursing homes really have cats or dogs as residents because they can tell if the person is dying. How do like that?
31 Aug 07
Well here in the UK dogs in hospitals are a great big no no... due to what they carry around, like bacteria and stuff...