We are getting a therapy dog!

  1. The preventionist at our school is interviewing dogs today!!! You guys!!!! I got to pet a dog!
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  2. 27 Comments

  3. by   MrNurse(x2)
    Perk of the job. Studies show most people prefer dogs over people anyway. Beats being isolated most of the time.
  4. by   ruby_jane
    The nurse at my kid's school has a therapy dog. He lives in a rehabbed closet (no door, perfect doggie size). I speak to the nurse occasionally and she's reporting a "measurable" difference in the amount of stressed-out kids she sees. Apparently the rules are you can't come in the middle of class to receive dog therapy, so she does have a run on her office at lunch....
  5. by   dakotadenise
    Oh, I'd be in Heaven!!
  6. by   Farawyn
    Squeeeeeeeeeeee!!!
  7. by   Flare
    Lucky!!!! I am jealous!
  8. by   Farawyn
    Wait, does the dog stay with you?
  9. by   WineRN
    Quote from ruby_jane
    The nurse at my kid's school has a therapy dog. He lives in a rehabbed closet (no door, perfect doggie size). I speak to the nurse occasionally and she's reporting a "measurable" difference in the amount of stressed-out kids she sees. Apparently the rules are you can't come in the middle of class to receive dog therapy, so she does have a run on her office at lunch....
    That is SOO COOL!

    Now I want to get my dog certified so he can hang out with me at work and help the littles!
  10. by   ruby_jane
    Quote from WineRN
    That is SOO COOL!

    Now I want to get my dog certified so he can hang out with me at work and help the littles!
    You should totally do this! I wish mine could. His gift is not comfort. His gift is running and jumping...
  11. by   RNNPICU
    At my husband's school that he teaches at they have therapy dogs come once a month for the teacher's and staff! He is so lucky. Once therapy dogs came to the hospital I work at and they were a little hesitant to have staff members pet the dogs as "they are only her for the kids" I though hey, staff get's stressed too, and there were about 4 dogs too. They did let me and a few staff pet the dog, but they were not happy
  12. by   OhioBPH
    The dog won't stay here, and may not specifically come to the clinic. We offer many psych services to our students including 1-on-1 therapy, resiliency group therapy, social support groups, etc. This will be another service through that. I am not sure how often the dog will come, but I am excited none the less.
  13. by   scuba nurse
    That is awesome! I would love a dog!
  14. by   JenTheSchoolRN
    How do I sign up for this?

    But seriously, I do wonder if some of my student could benefit from a little animal therapy. One of my cats is so gentle (she loves, loves belly rubs and has never lashed out, she is a rare one) that I think about getting her certified as a therapy cat. I wish I could bring her in as I know many of the kids would love her and she'd love all the attention.

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