The goal of pet therapy at Petland is to enhance the human-animal
bond. Pet therapy programs at Petland involve such things
as in-store educational tours and out-of-store visits with
Petland pets to schools, educational facilities for children
with special needs, nursing homes, hospitals and a number
of civic organizations.
Petland believes pet therapy is a natural and necessary extension
of its retail environment. And the reason Petland does all
of these things is because through social support, relaxation
and nurturing, people are able to derive health benefits from
pets in all stages of their lives.
Documented research through the years by the Delta Society,
the leading international resource for the human-animal bond,
of families surveyed reported an increase in family happiness
and fun subsequent to pet acquisition... "
have lower blood pressure... Pet owners have lower triglyceride
and cholesterol levels than non-owners... Dogs are preventative
and therapeutic measures against stress... Pet owners have
better psychological well-being... Pet owners have better
physical health due to exercise with their pets... Pet owners
feel less afraid or being a victim of crime when walking
with a dog or sharing a residence with a dog... "
self-esteem of children is enhanced by owning a pet... Children
exposed to pets during the first year of life have a lower
frequency of allergic rhintis and asthma... Children who
own pets score significantly higher on empathy and pro-social
orientation scales than non-owners... Children owning pets
are more involved in activities such as sports, hobbies,
clubs or chores... Children with autism have more pro-social
behaviors less autistic behaviors such as self-absorption...
in nursing homes increase social and verbal interactions
adjunct to other therapy... Animal-assisted therapy can
effectively reduce the loneliness of residents in long-term
care facilities... Seniors who own dogs go to the doctor
less than those who do not."
The aforementioned results of human-animal bond studies are
but a few sponsored by the Delta Society. For more detailed
information on these studies and other such research, see
the "Health Benefits of Animals" section at www.deltasociety.org.
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