When can I start Animal assisted therapy and who should it be done from?

Animal-assisted therapy often acts as a complementary mode of treatment with traditional work done by a licensed psychotherapist, social worker, or another mental health–care provider. Dogs are the primary animals used, although various animal-assisted programs offer different animals for people with different physical and emotional needs.

Service dogs may come from animal shelters or be raised in selective breeding programs, but they must undergo formal training to be certified. In some cases, it may be necessary to obtain a written prescription or a letter from a medical doctor, licensed psychotherapist, or social worker to certify or register one’s own therapy or emotional-support animal.

Our database also has information on animal assisted therapy centres and therapists, which have been sorted by country, state, and city. Normally, animal assisted therapists can be recommended by one’s occupational therapist or pediatrician in order to help enhance the benefits of their treatment.


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