Pets can positively impact our physical, social and emotional lives. Whether helping to encourage struggling readers, motivating someone to go for a walk, or providing comfort to someone who is upset, pets are increasingly recognized for their value.
BENEFITS OF ANIMAL-ASSISTED ACTIVITIES
Reduces stress-inducing hormones and raises happiness hormones within the body
Provides non-judgmental, selfless love and attention
Helps decrease feelings of loneliness and isolation and increase emotional security
Aides in decreasing anger, anxiety, depression, and blood pressure
Provides an opportunity for exercise and fun
We will be continuing our PAWsitive Support with Lincoln as soon as the CDC advises it is safe for animals to return to work sites. He is temporarily on “vacation” while the Covid pandemic protocols are in place. The Gladys H. Oberle School believes Animal Assisted Activities are a wonderful way to provide additional support for students who enjoy spending time with pets. Students may be in contact with the school dog throughout the school year under the supervision of April Dillow, GHOS Counselor.
Lincoln is a 90-pound Golden Doodle who likes to shake hands, perform tricks with treats, and walk outside. He loves a good belly rub after he gets to know you.
Lincoln offers comfort and non-judgmental love for GHOS students. Students must have a permission slip on file in order to participate with or be in contact with the school dog at The Gladys H. Oberle School.
If you have any questions or need further information, please feel free to contact Lincoln’s handler, April Dillow.