National Service Dog Month

September is National Service Dog Month!

 

Did you know that this month is known as National Service Dog Month?  It was first established in 2008 by actor, animal advocate, Dick Van Patten. Muttz with Mannerz loves dogs and would like to honour the dogs who dedicate their lives to and sometimes even risk them to help human beings.

We at Muttz With Mannerz are supportive of York Region St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Programs and have been for many years. St. John Ambulance Dog Program is a unique undertaking that brings carefully selected dogs and their wonderful humans to people in need of companionship.  The program has volunteer teams that visit hospitals and long term care homes, schools, nursing homes and even airports. The program continues to grow and we are pleased to have team members that are actively involved.

Corey has been involved first with her Maltese, Fred who brought comfort and smiles to many Seniors.  Currently Corey now is an Evaluator for dogs wanting to enter the program.  Another team member who we are very proud of is Barbara Rogina, one of our trainers. Barbara has held different roles with St. John Ambulance Dog Program and her focus now is to accompany her faithful furry son, Hunter (pictured above) visiting Markham Stouffville Hospital, high schools, retirement homes, and many other spaces where the warmth of a dog can help to heal.

There are many benefits to therapy dogs visits, even a short visits have been shown to:

  • Lower Blood Pressure
  • Assist in Pain Management
  • Reduce Stress
  • Alleviate Depression
  • Encourage Positive Social Interactions
  • Boost Mood

These positive reactions do not just affect the person being visited, they are capable of helping heal everyone involved including the doctor’s, nurses, caregivers and many more who are part of the process.

To learn more please watch this video as it show the benefits of becoming a volunteer with your pup!

If you would like any additional information about your pup becoming a therapy dog or about becoming a volunteer please contact St. John Ambulance Dog Therapy Program

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