Dogs are often the first choice as service and therapy dogs. The reason is that a dog is always more than just an animal or pet. You can’t help but notice how emotionally intelligent dogs actually are. They are very loyal, and they are often more than ready to give love and compassion to whoever needs them, and they always seem to have a sixth sense that allows them to understand how a person is feeling. Besides being service dogs, therapy dogs, and police dogs, there’s yet another way through which dogs help the world become a better place.
We often hear how abuse or attack victims are forced to testify in a courtroom in front of their attacker. Research, however, proved that this confrontation often amplifies the trauma for the victim. This is why two women, Ellen O’Neill Stephens and Celeste Walsen, came up with an amazing and effective way that helps victims testify in court and makes the process less traumatic.
Ellen and Celeste believe that the presence of a dog in the courtroom to comfort witnesses will make the process a lot easier. they founded an organization named Courthouse Dogs, which facilitates the presence of dogs next to witness stands, and in child advocacy centers, as well as prosecutor interviews. The dogs are trained for 2 years before being able to perform this task.
As humans often count on dogs for protection, being in presence of a relaxed, calm dog, will reflect this relaxation on the person next to it, therefore lowering blood pressure and reducing anxiety.Currently, according to Ellen and Celeste, about 87 dogs are working in 28 states, and they are mostly Labradors or golden retrievers, because of their friendly exterior and loving nature.
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