A facility dog is a specially trained dog who partners with a facilitator working in a professional setting, such as a hospital. The facilitator brings the dog to work Monday - Friday, and takes the dog home at the end of each work day.
Therapy dogs can be any pet dog that has passed a basic obedience test.
Facility dogs undergo a two-year, extensive and specialized training program. Together, with their facilitator, this team works with patients to meet specific, individualized goals.
Normalize the hospital environment or stay by making it feel more like home.
Motivate the patient by making goals such as going for a walk or taking medicine more fun.
Distract the patient during procedures or episodes of pain.
Offer a sense of unconditional love and acceptance.
For more information on our facility dog's background, training, or role at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital, please ask!
In collaboration with: Canine Companions for Independence
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