26 Reasons Therapy Dogs Are The Best

They’ll melt your heart — and save it!

1. Therapy dogs have been used for decades to help people cope with stress.

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2. They might not know what kind they’ll be when they grow up, but they start training as early as puphood.

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3. Golden retrievers are often therapy pups because of their calm disposition.

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4. And they’re pretty smiley, too.

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5. Other breeds that are smartypants and sweet in nature, like labs, poodles, and German shepherds, also make friendly recovery companions.

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6. And while they might not all be purebred, they all have one thing in common: a love of people.

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7. People all over the world benefit from therapy dogs, from São Paulo, Brazil…

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8. …to Iraq…

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9. …and Tokyo.

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10. And it doesn’t matter if you’re young…

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11. …or a little bit older.

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12. Because dogs have been shown to lower your blood pressure and decrease anxiety.

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13. Even if you’re not sick! More and more colleges bring in therapy dogs to soothe students’ nerves during exams.

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14. Like this corgi on site at a law school during finals week.

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15. Sometimes they’re needed after natural disasters to keep stressed families company.

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16. And to give rescue workers some love, too.

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17. They help soldiers during the mobilization and demobilization process.

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18. They’re also called in after violent events like bombings to support survivors or witnesses.

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19. Or to help mourners cope after a shooting.

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21. And sometimes they’re deployed during special occasions, like a welcome-home ceremony!

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22. Volunteers dedicate countless months to help train pups to bring happiness to others.

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23. And get the perk of being able to bring them to their own job, too.

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24. Therapy Dogs International was established in 1976 in New Jersey.

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25. And as of 2012 about 25,000 dog-and-handler teams were registered.

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26. Here’s to you, happiness warriors and volunteers!

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