“I talk to him when I’m lonesome like; and I’m sure he understands. When he looks at me so attentively, and gently licks my hands; then he rubs his nose on my tailored clothes, but I never say naught thereat. For the good Lord knows I can buy more clothes, but never a friend like that.” ―
Studies have shown that a pet companion – particularly dogs – helps improve communication, calm anxiety and increase self-esteem. According to the study done at Cambridge University in 2017, children get more satisfaction from relationships with their pets than with their brothers or sisters.
Chimes Israel strives to offer our clients the most innovative treatments and services. As part of those and due to latest researches, we offer animal-assisted therapy at our centers.
We recently witnessed two charming encounters between humans and dogs which underscored the power of canine-assisted therapy. The first was Noam, an autistic man with additional communication problems. His issues often cause aggressive behavior and difficulties with physical contact. Once Noam went to canine-assisted therapy, he became gentle and relaxed, sat in the corner of the room with the dog and just pet him. For anyone acquainted with Noam, it was simply a sight for sore eyes.
The second encounter was with Gary. Gary has physical and intellectual disabilities He is wheelchair-bound and has a imited range of hand movement. It is an absolute wonder to see Gary holding the dog by the leash, being led by it, laughing loudly when ever his wheelchair moves when the dog moves, almost as if he is proud of his ability to walk the dog.
For people with special needs, the ability to interact with a pet can have a very positive impact upon their quality of life, and we are grateful for the opportunity to grant it to them.