Therapy dogs elevate spirits
Playful pooch Leelah is training for a life as a therapy dog to help her owner Hannah Young in her work. The pair sat down with reporter Jess Lee to talk about the benefits.
It’s no dog’s pup Leelah.
The 9-month-old German shepherd is embarking on a career as a therapy dog.
Pet assisted diversional therapy takes place everywhere from hospitals to community centres. Diversional therapists run activity programmes to improve people’s quality of life.
When Leelah is fully trained she will go into rest homes with her owner Hannah Young.
‘‘The residents just love it when a pet therapy dog comes in to see them.
‘‘People can pet them or just talk to them, it kind of makes people come out of their shell a bit more,’’ Young says.
The 28-year-old is fundraising to get Leelah a headstart in the therapy game with training from expert dog trainer Mark Vette.
Leelah will need to learn how to act around the elderly and will be schooled to place her head in a person’s lap so that they can pat her.
Young has no doubt that
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