Welcome to Nurture Dogs

Nurture Dogs brings the pleasure and therapeutic value of the human animal bond to as many people as possible. We combine animal contact and activities with the therapeutic philosophy of Occupational Therapy.

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Animals As Therapy

Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) promotes mental, physical and social well-being. The human-animal bond allows strong connections to grow and develop, with animals offering unconditional acceptance and affection.

It is well documented that humans have kept domesticated animals for thousands of years, providing humans with companionship. Animals are used for therapeutic purposes as they tend to be free of prejudice when interacting with people (Calcaterra et al., 2015). Animals used in therapy are known to have a natural tendency to bond with people and seek affection and interaction with the client (Nimer & Lundahl, 2007).

Many people can benefit from the therapeutic value of the human-animal bond. Research shows that time spent interacting with animals can help in lowering blood pressure, relieving pain, reducing anxiety and engage them in therapeutic activities through meaningful occupations such as; animal husbandry, feeding, grooming and stroking.

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Our services

We offer a six-week animal therapy programme for school children with low self-esteem or confidence, disabilities, poor attendance and difficulties engaging with the school education system.

Nurture Dogs also undertake once-per-week animal therapy sessions in private hospitals and secure units with adults on the Autistic Spectrum or with a dual diagnosis, as well as sessions in care homes for residents with learning disabilities and dementia.