Canine and Equine Therapy
Due to the way dogs mirror ones' emotions, canine therapy helps to promote behavioral management. Dogs are accepting, comforting and non-judgmental, making them an ideal companion for therapy. Canine therapy is often for those with emotional and behavioral disorders, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, trauma, attachment issues, Alzheimer's disease, and dementia.
Research has proven many benefits to canine therapy, including:
-Increased physical activity
-Relief from anxiety and depression
-Increased focus and attention
-Improved social and communication skills
-Reduced blood pressure
-Completion of therapy, and full participation
Equine therapy is a form of therapy that has proven to encourage emotional growth. Most commonly, equestrian therapy is used to treat those with anxiety, dementia, depression, trauma and brain injuries, and other mental health issues.
This therapy is based on how similarly horses and humans behave socially and responsively. Horses have the ability to respond instantly and give feedback to the rider's action or behavior, and mirror the rider's emotion. This feedback motivates the rider to establish a relationship with the horse, which is founded on mutual trust.
During this therapy, the rider begins to:
-Build sense of self-worth
-Build trust and self-efficiency
-Develop socialization skills and decrease isolation
-Learn impulse control and emotional management
-Learn their limits or boundaries