Pet Therapy
Research indicates that interaction with therapy dogs can temporarily affect the release of various neurotransmitters in the brain; levels of oxytocin (linked with bonding) and dopamine (involved in the reward-motivation system) are increased, while cortisol levels (an immunosuppressant associated with stress) are decreased.[2]

One example of the use of therapy dogs is the building of self-confidence. Many children have difficulties reading. As a result, they can develop low self-esteem when reading in public. By reading to a dog, children relax and focus on the dog and 'the reading', therefore building self-confidence.

Here at West Hill we have used Maxi as a therapy dog for many different purposes. He has been a great asset and helped many children with complex needs as well as children just learning affection, play and kindness.

Maxi has helped a child who experienced trust issues following trauma and loss. Though playing games like hide and seek the child was able to forget momentarily the worries and upset and over the weeks a beautiful relationship was built. This inevitably helped to child’s confidence grow and affection rebuilt with family members. If you would like further information or thing your child would be helped though dog therapy, please speak to us so we can further explain the benefits.