Takes Care Specialist Centre Therapy Dog

To assist every psychiatry patient, psychology client and NDIS participant, who visits Takes Care Specialist Centre feel at ease and less stressed, Balloo, our new therapy dog in training has been added to our team.

Balloo is an adorable miniature labradoodle (mix of Labrador and Poodle), who joined us earlier in May of 2021, when he was only 9 weeks old. From the beginning, he took a great liking to everyone that walked through our doors, showering them with his affections and making them feel comfortable and easy.

Balloo, Our Pet Therapy Dog

Balloo is still very young and has a way to go, before becoming a certified therapy dog. As the pictures show, he has just graduated from his first round of puppy school. Nevertheless, he has been very effective in reducing anxiety, lifting spirits, and comforting our patients. He will also be going through more puppy school training and then therapy training as well.

Currently, he is only available for 2 days a week. If you are interested to have him with you at your appointment, please do not hesitate to let our friend admin staff know.

Benefits of Dog Therapy For Mental Health

The benefits of therapy dogs are many and well documented, several of which are listed below. It is hoped that spending time with Balloo, can provide you some of these benefits for you as well.

  • Provide you comfort.
  • Decrease your anxiety.
  • Lift your spirit and improve your mood.
  • Reduce your stress level by reducing your stress hormone, cortisol, levels.
  • Assist with slowing down breathing.
  • Creates motivation to recover faster.
  • Soothing to children to help them to build rapport with their psychologist or psychiatrist more quickly.
  • Reduced boredom in children.

“When Balloo is in my arms, I forget about everything”.

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