Research has shown that therapy dogs in autism centers and schools can increase reading skills (children reading to the dog) as well as contribute to social and emotional development. A Therapy Dog’s presence has also been shown to reduce anxiety, help children work though anger management, increase social/communication deficits, and increase the development of relationships. The specific goals of the NOAC’s Therapy Dog Program include the following: to increase the empathy and compassion in children, help children connect to the center setting, reduce anxiety, improve social interaction/relationships and expand verbal and nonverbal communication.
Molly and Hazel are both mixed-breed rescue dogs who have undergone extensive training and are certified through The GO TEAM Therapy & Service Dog Organization. The GO TEAM is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which is also recognized as a certified therapy dog organization through the American Kennel Club (AKC).
Both Molly and Hazel have also obtained their CGC (Canine Good Citizen), CGCU (Canine Good Citizen Urban), and CGCA (Advanced Canine Good Citizen) Certifications through the AKC. Both dogs are brushed daily & groomed every other week, which will minimize any allergic contact. The GO TEAM also requires regular veterinarian checks for registered Therapy Dogs, along with regular evaluations to maintain certification.