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Map, the therapy dog: more than a best friend

Anne-Densmore-and-Map
November 09, 2012

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Comments

Viksa
January 07, 2013

Therapy dogs have been part of human life for so many years, but now we are able to recognize it properly.
Thanks.

Daniel
January 07, 2013

Great article, thanks for the useful information.

January 07, 2013

Has anyone used or believes that slippery elm could benefit dogs/pets?

I’d be interested to know the views of those who have tried it on their dogs?

yanni
January 07, 2013

great post, please give me article about therapy for snake and fish,

Canine Services International
January 06, 2013

Here in Australia I run a dog training and behavioural consultancy and I am fortunate enough to do work with some Autistic Spectrum programs involving young adults. Not only is it super rewarding but the results with the clients are so pronounced!

Great blog post, thanks for sharing.

DEwa Perkasa
January 06, 2013

Good Articels

Dany
January 06, 2013

Is there any comment here that is related to topic?
I was wondering where can one find training videos for a therapy dog? Any selection process required?
What type of dogs are best for this kind of work?

chepz
January 04, 2013

Hey

Thanks for sharing really helpfull information.

Mr.S
January 01, 2013

very interesting article and it is good news for fans of dogs.

Happy new year 🙂

Avid
December 31, 2012

Wow…very nice article..:)

Happy New Year Anne Densmore
and i also wishing all of blog memebers…:)

Winnipeg Photographers
December 29, 2012

Map sounds like a wonderful therapist, I have a photo collection of my own pup bringing smiles to all my children as well, It’s my own therapy.

pemrograman pascal
December 28, 2012

This is a wonderful article and something that I have never really considered about my dog. I really believe that our little best friends do undergo mental issues. My dog I know for a fact has depression and I try to cheer him up, but he just won’t cheer up. Our other dog is happy go lucky.

We do a lot of stuff with our dogs. We walk them for miles as the exercise regiment of the Scarsdale Diet tells us to. We have lost a lot of weight walking them around, but still he seems depressed. I don’t really know what to do.

i’ll back

may do huyet ap
December 26, 2012

my dog ​​is so cute, I loved it and are willing to do for it whatever.

muadspenser@gmail.com
December 25, 2012

Dog!Dog is really helpful animal than other animals.I love dog and i have dog his name is don.Don helps me to doing photography,when i was a new photographer,i captured many photos of my dog.When i complete wedding party and go to home at first care my dog.Because it have much contribution to me make a photographer.Thanks for sharing this lovely post.

Peter
December 24, 2012

Depression is an illness that can occur to animals almost as much as to people.

Great Inspiration story!

animals service
December 24, 2012

This blog is best and I love to read whole artcile about dogs. you can get more information from animals service also

Andy
December 23, 2012

A really very useful and interesting post. One of the best one I have read for dogs. I really love the way you write.

Regards,
Andy Techienawa

RAM
December 21, 2012

Hey

Thanks for sharing really helpfull information.

veyromax
December 10, 2012

Great article,it will be helpful to any dog lovers.

Mary H. Johnston
December 07, 2012

Ann,
Great article. Map looks like the perfect companion for your kids. I have a friend who is training her dog to be a therapy dog for adults. It’s a great idea.

Samantha
November 30, 2012

I think each and every puppy deserves to be a friend of each and every human being!

Donald Walker
November 24, 2012

Interesting story, dogs do help kids, and also us adults. Pets, like children have their own personalities and quirks.

Sara Adams
November 22, 2012

Incredible. I had no idea that there was even such a thing as therapy dogs.

I’ve always felt animals were very important to a child’s development, and not just domestic animals, but how clever to put them in a therapeutic environment.

And of course well done to you too for going through the training.

Thanks,

Sara

Zuni
November 20, 2012

This blog is best and I love to read whole artcile about dogs. I have never read blog like thi sin my life. It i svery great post and help me to get friendly with dog and dog care.

Déco
November 15, 2012

I love this post, thanks for information

Diane Manzella, Ed.D.
November 13, 2012

Ann, as you know, I am a big fan of yours. You are always on the cutting edge, always immaculately intuitive with kids and therefore so successful in your practice. I have gained valuable insight as how to work with autistic kids from your books, cds and , of course, by knowing you for 30 years! I am delighted that Map has joined your therapy practice as a full and equal partner.

ann
November 14, 2012

Thanks, Dee! You are the best mentor!
Ann

Paige Sst
November 13, 2012

great post and very interesting,It encourages me to spend time with my dog and also time to play with them and to take good care at them, dogs really provide comfort to humans and I do believe that dog is still man’s bestfriend, you have provided some great information on who dogs make great pets.
I have a great time reading in your articles…keep it up y’all:)

Sarah Measures
November 13, 2012

Back and forth communication with dog or human regulates. Back and forth communication with dog or human is the essence of building relationships. Nicely demonstrated how back and forth communication with Map helps a small boy feel safe enough to explore his emotions.
Sarah

ann
November 14, 2012

Thanks for reading the blogs! Best, Ann

Krisally Alisa
November 13, 2012

Depression is an illness that can occur to animals aslmost as much as to people. Depression can be treated…so don’t let this illness affect your sweet dog and your life too much.

Kirk
November 13, 2012

This is the best article about dog that I’ve ever read in my whole life. This post encourages me to give more time with my dog and spend playing and taking care of them more than a best friend. You are right, dogs provide comfort to humans. Great article.

Kirk

ann
November 14, 2012

Wow. Thanks for the compliment! Ann

Lauren
November 12, 2012

Great article Ann! I’ve seen firsthand how effective you and Map can be together. You two are amazing therapists, can’t wait for your talk!

ann
November 14, 2012

Thanks, Lauren. You’re a great therapist, too! Ann

Jimmy
November 12, 2012

This is a wonderful article and something that I have never really considered about my dog. I really believe that our little best friends do undergo mental issues. My dog I know for a fact has depression and I try to cheer him up, but he just won’t cheer up. Our other dog is happy go lucky.

We do a lot of stuff with our dogs. We walk them for miles as the exercise regiment of the Scarsdale Diet tells us to. We have lost a lot of weight walking them around, but still he seems depressed. I don’t really know what to do.

Rise VanFleet, PhD, RPT-S, CDBC
November 12, 2012

Very nice article and video! Great work! The following award-winning book might be of interest…
Play Therapy with Kids & Canines (2008). Sarasota, FL: Professional Resource Press.

Rise VanFleet
November 12, 2012

Sorry, Jimmy, that my general comment ended up as a reply to you. In response to your question… I imagine you have already checked with your vet? If so, then you might consider a canine behavior consultant to evaluate.. There is a listing of certified people by location at http://www.iaabc.org (Internatl Assn of Animal Behavior Consultants).

Elaine Gabovitch
November 12, 2012

As always, you have added value to your practice for the love of the children you serve – and what lucky kids they are! Map will be sure to prompt language, relatedness, and social skills – brilliant!

Dogs With Anxiety
November 11, 2012

This is a great post, you have provided some great information on who dogs make great pets.

Iris Ponte
November 10, 2012

Fantastic work! It’s amazing what a four-footed friend can do for children.

ann
November 10, 2012

Hi Iris,
It’s also amazing what you do as director of The Henry Frost School in Belmont, MA.
I love your dramatic play work with children!!
Best,
Ann

Karen Levine, Ph.D. Psychologist
November 10, 2012

What a wonderful story! What therapy dogs can do for kids emotionally and socially (and for their grownups too) I think we are only just beginning to tap into. You can see the little boy’s face ‘melt’ with warm engagement and empathy as he holds Map’s head in his hands. Also have we studied the benefits for everyone of shared FUN!? Thanks for the fun I had seeing Ann enjoying her dog enjoying the boy enjoying the dog! I want to go out and get our pup therapy dog trained! Great inspirational article!!

ann
November 10, 2012

Thanks, Dr. Levine! It’s a compliment coming from you, a famous child therapist!!!
Ann

Liz Gebhardt
November 09, 2012

Great article and video! Map is beautiful – inside and out.

I had 2 Polish Lowland Sheepdogs who were both volunteer therapy dogs at Stanford Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto CA. I now have a 4 year old Doodle, Shiloh – who has her CGC and we are going to start a therapy dog training program soon as well.

Can I ask you where Map came from? I have interest in Porties (as have mild dog allergies and spend a lot of time at the beach).

Thanks.

ann
November 14, 2012

Map came from Fayerwaves Kennel on Fayeweather in Cambridge, MA.
Ann

Roxanne McGahey
November 09, 2012

What a great article Ann. As a dog lover and a teacher your article was of great interest to me. You bring home how much dogs can help children develop. I believe there is also research available on how dogs can assist caregivers and parents by warning of epileptic seizures before they occur. Dogs are also great comfort to children that are ill and suffering.

As a dog lover (2 dogs, 2 cats), and a piano and Music Theory Online teacher, I have seen firsthand how music can make a profound change in a child’s life. I have also found that my dogs are also treated as confidants and special friends to my students.

Thanks again Ann for a great article. I found it extremely interesting I hope you don’t mind if I send some traffic your way and share with some friends and colleagues as I found it very inspirational.

Ann
November 09, 2012

Thanks for reading my article. I love it that you really got the whole idea of how animals and the trained therapy dog can help! The video clip will be in my talk in Boston. Thanks! Ann

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