Dog Therapy with Boo Boo!
You can come over to my apartment or we will meet up at a local dog park or park. For up to an hour you can play with my dog, Boo Boo, and talk to him and pet him. He doesn't know how to play fetch or tug-of-war but he loves being held like a baby and sitting in people's laps. He doesn't lick that much (especially not faces) and doesn't like his face touched but he loves cuddling and being pet everywhere else. If you approve it with me beforehand I will let you feed Boo Boo an agreed upon meal or snack of your choice. Boo Boo also loves Beggin' Littles and Bella brand dog food which we can provide.
While you are over I will serve you a cup of herbal tea or coffee. I have milk, creamer, and sugar available per request. I will let you watch whatever television program you wish or listen to whatever music you wish. You can tell me what temperature you wish the apartment to be and what level of lighting you wish the apartment to be. For the safety of Boo Boo, me or my brother or father must be in the room at all times while you are over.
Boo Boo is a rescue mutt and to the best of our knowledge is half-Pekingese and half-Pomeranian. He is around ten years old and is very gentle. He has a very soft coat and is creme-colored. He is docile and good-nature, and is good around kids and the elderly. Boo Boo has a short snoot compared to other dogs so sometimes he snores and/or snores in his sleep. Also, since he was a stray dog for a while he has a snaggle-tooth and messed up teeth so anything you feed him has to be really soft.
Why would you want to try Dog Therapy with Boo Boo?
Demonstrable and Proven Physical Benefits (see link below)
* Petting a dog lowers your blood pressure.
* Petting a dog improves cardiovascular health.
* Petting a dog releases oxytocin -- a calming endorphin.
* Petting a dog releases agents that lower physical pain.
* The motion of petting and/or stroking something produces an automatic relaxation response.
Demonstrable and Proven Mental Benefits (see link below)
* Petting a dog can life and appreciate a depressed or down mood and spirit.
* Petting a dog can help relieve feelings of isolation and alienation and reduces feelings of loneliness.
* Petting a dog encourages communication and increases socialization.
* Petting a dog provides comfort to those that are going through the grieving process.
* Regular quality time with a dog helps children and the elderly overcome speech and emotional disorders.
* Injured people who spend regular quality time with a dog heal faster than those who do not.
E-mail me if you have any questions / comments / concerns!
Source Link: http://www.redbarninc.com/blog/benefits-therapy-animals/
Training & Qualifications
My experience: I am a dog lover and have owned a dog since I was ten years old (over 21 years). All the dogs I have ever owned have lived long and happy lives and are walked, fed, groomed, and taken care of with an open heart and lots of love.
Boo Boo's experience: Boo Boo is a very patient dog and loves strangers and new people alike. He doesn't EVER bark unless he is really excited because someone is delivering food and/or he gets spooked for some reason. Boo Boo loves being held and sitting in people's laps.
Availability & Preferences
Give me 48-hours advance notice to set up a time and location when we can meet up.