Our mission: Providing stress relief to MVHS students through the power of positivity and a therapy dog.
Pictured: Our original therapy dogs Cannon & Reiley! We miss them!
MENTAL BENEFITS of a Therapy Dog
-DECREASE in stress and anxiety, depression, loneliness and feelings of isolation, aggressive behaviors
-INCREASE in feelings of acceptance, ability to accept social and emotional support, socialization, opportunities for laughter, mental stimulation, attention, SPIRIT & SELF-ESTEEM
-A Great way to bring the school together with positivity!
PHYSICAL BENEFITS of a Therapy Dog
-DECREASE in blood pressure, heart rate, stress hormone cortisol
-INCREASE in hormones associated with health and well-being, fitness, fine motor skills
See http://www.therapydoginfo.net for more information.
• A study by St.Catherine University showed that 70% of teachers noticed a deeper engagement in the school work of these students after the experience of having a therapy dog, as well as improved classroom attendance.