Scientific evidence shows that visiting with animals can lower blood pressure, slow heart rate, and release endorphins. That’s why the Delta Society has established standards for animal assisted therapy and has been training people and their pet partners for more than 30 years. Pet partners work in classrooms, hospitals, rehabilitation centers and hospice facilities, bringing joy and and a sense of calm everywhere they go. On this episode of the Good Dog podcast, we hear from Dianne Bell, Progarm Manager of the Pet Partners Program for the Delta Society. Based in Washington state, Dela Society is an international organization. There are many organizations training and coordinating visits for therapy dogs and their owners; Delta Society is one of the first and largest, and was on the forefront of research on how this kind of work can contribute to healing.
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