Walk on Water offers PET Therapy or animal assisted therapy through our PATH certified trainers using our miniature horses and chickens. Pet Therapy is a guided interaction between a person and a trained animal which includes grooming, petting, feeding, and saddling, to allow a bonding experience with the animal. The benefits of Pet therapy include stress reduction by releasing endorphins into the system producing a calming effect. It can reduce anxiety and depression and increase self-esteem and improve social skills. It can also help a person recover from a physical health problem.
Pet therapy builds on the pre-existing human-animal bond. Interacting with a friendly pet can help many physical and mental issues. It can help reduce blood pressure and improve overall cardiovascular health. It can also release endorphins that produce a calming effect. This can help alleviate pain, reduce stress, and improve your overall psychological state.
The goals of our program are:
- to improve motor skills and joint movement
- to improve assisted or independent movement
- to increase self esteem
- to increase verbal communication skills
- to develop social skills
- to increase willingness to to join in activities
- to help learn empathy and nurturing skills
Give us a call for more information.