Have you ever noticed your mood improve when you spend time with your dog? Remember that peaceful feeling when all your troubles melt away as you snuggle into your dog’s soft fur and breathe in their calming and familiar doggie scent. This is because animals offer unconditional acceptance and become a calm and welcome comfort when you are feeling emotionally distressed.
Interacting with a dog has also been shown to decrease levels of cortisol (a stress-related hormone) which brings with it a range of other benefits, such as:
- Reduced depression and anxiety
- More confidence, self-esteem and independence
- Increased ability to feel empathy towards others
- Better communication skills
- Improved family and social relationships
- Greater engagement in routine and structure
And your dog loves it too! Science tells us that if you want to de-stress, the best way to do it is with your dog… and that’s where we come in!
Assistance dogs provide specialised support for people with mental illness or autism.
They are for people of all ages, and we provide comprehensive training programs to support your journey. We will tailor your assistance dog’s training to meet your specific health condition and ensure it will provide you with appropriate support in conjunction with your treating team.
We have flexible training options and can arrange for one of our trainers to either –
- Come to you
- You come to us or
- we can meet at a preferred location
The team at Pat Dogs Australia highly value the positive impact that dogs can have on enhancing people’s lives. Whether you have a mental illness or are diagnosed with autism, an assistance dog can help you.
Some of the areas in which an assistance dog can help you are –