People are familiar with therapy dogs that do the Meet and Greet visits. They go to hospitals and nursing homes and make people feel better. But there is another level of animal-assisted therapy that goes above and beyond happy visits. This therapy work requires more training for both handler and animal and is making an impact on the citizens of Las Vegas. These remarkable teams grab on to every opportunity to turn a nice visit into an experience for change and improvement and enrichment.
The client needed to walk more, but she was resistant.
It was too hard.
It was too boring.
It was too overwhelming.
She lives in a hospital and every day is the same.
Where is there to walk to anyway?
The activity room, the nurse’s station, the hallway?
Then she met Sandy and her dogs Rocky and KC. They are big dogs. They are funny dogs, loving dogs.
They are Delta Pet Partners therapy dogs and visit the Hospital twice weekly.
The client wanted to walk the dogs.
She got up and held on to her walker, the walker with the baskets full of toys and stuffed animals.
All her favorite things rode with her in those baskets.
Sandy put a second leash on Rocky and away they went, Sandy guiding Rocky with the “real” leash, and the client holding the second leash.
Such a feeling of power!
“Let’s go all the way down the hall,” she squealed, having the best time “walking” Rocky.
This ritual continues with every visit – one volunteer, one client, one dog, one very productive stroll.
So that’s how you walk a dog in a Hospital.