We can currently visit a number of locations in which care dog visits may enhance the wellbeing of others. This includes care homes, hospitals, hospices, universities, county courts and prisons. More recently we have also started visiting the police and ambulance services as well as companies, to help with mental health issues and work stress. The feedback we are getting is amazing, with many companies saying their productivity is up and their absenteeism is down.
Many more companies are now organising wellness days, where staff are encouraged to participate in various activities to help with their health and wellbeing. When we have been invited to take part in these days, the staff have often said our visit was the best activity.
We are also doing lots of work with children, including going into schools and libraries so that the children can read to the dogs, through our Read to Dogs programme, as well as visiting Brownies, Guides, Cubs and Scouts’ groups to talk about dog care. We are also working with special needs groups for the sensory aspect, as well as with several university and national health studies to help with dog phobia research.
Our popular Read to Dogs programme in schools is currently expanding and we are very happy to be part of the Kennel Club’s Bark & Read programme, and thank them for the support they have given us.
Our care dog visits can break down so many barriers in life and give enjoyment to all. Eve Waring, our founder, always said we reach out to people through our dogs, and this is exactly what we continue to do.
If you would like to arrange a Canine Concern care dog visit to your establishment, please click here.