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Canine-assisted therapy: An emerging therapeutic practice

By Kenneth M. Jastrow III

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Close relationships link all living things in the environment, but the forces that connect people and animals are especially strong and enduring. These forces of connection are being utilized for the advancement of human happiness and well-being in a therapeutic manner. This therapy is called Animal-Assisted Therapy. Animal-Assisted Therapy is a goal-directed intervention in which an animal is incorporated as an integral part of the treatment process. The Animal-Assisted Therapy treatment is designed to improve and further the therapy of physically, cognitively, psychosocially and physiologically challenged individuals. Animal-Assisted Therapy programs are avenues by which patients young or old, in hospitals, nursing homes or at home, are coupled with animals to help during the difficult and scary times of being ill.


Deborah Maron

Date 1998
Degree Bachelor of General Studies
Language English
Notes Provided courtesy of Texas Digital Library:
University Texas Tech University
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  1. Adolescents
  2. Animal-assisted therapies
  3. Assistance animals
  4. Assisted therapy
  5. Blood Pressure
  6. Cats
  7. Companion
  8. Health
  9. Homes
  10. Individual therapy
  11. Nursing homes
  12. Older adults
  13. therapy
  14. Universities and Colleges