Canine Assisted Therapy

Canine Assisted Therapy

is not available

due to ​COVID-19

safety regulations

Canine Assisted Therapy

Riley, a Labrador Retriever mix, is my personal assistant and is certified as a Therapy Dog. He is obediently trained  and certified as a Therapy Dog by the American Kennel Club and Operation Freedom Paws. During in-person sessions, Riley may greet clients at the office and works with individual client needs. If a client wants Riley to remain close, he will do so and may even take a nap during the session. His presence offers a welcome and relaxed approach to the office.


Riley looks forward to meeting you soon!

NOTE: During COVID-19, we will work together via Video Therapy 

(therefore, there is no access to Riley at this time).

To work in a clinical setting, therapy dogs are trained and certified in advance obedience and their handlers are trained in dog’s behaviorism. Therapy dogs provide comfort to clients in moments of grief, assist in chronic pain management, and enhance self-esteem for children. These dogs have been exposed to different stimulation and situations. They can assist individuals who struggle with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, autism, and other conditions.

Therapy Dogs vs Service Dogs

Therapy dogs and service dogs have different roles; service dogs are trained to meet the needs of individuals with specific disabilities. Service dogs undergo rigorous training and learn to conduct at least two specific tasks that are compensatory to the needs of their owner. Service dogs are protected by federal law and are the only working dogs allowed in places otherwise restricted for dogs.