Power of Dog

The Power of Dog

"Healing Paws, Helping People"

Those of you who know the power of a wet, cold nose, a loving look that melts your heart, or a wagging tail that makes you smile, you can readily imagine the potential of uncovering that power to heal the pain that often floods our clients.” (Pichot and Coulter, 2007)

 Interaction with dogs has been scientifically shown to:

  • Reduce heart rate and blood pressure
  • Provide cardiovascular benefits
  • Decrease loneliness, anxiety, stress and fear
  • Ease emotional and physical pain, including chronic pain
  • Provide emotional support, comfort, lift spirits and improve confidence
  • Improve apathy by increasing motivation
  • Increase empathy
  • Foster positive relationships
  • Promote social interaction
  • Increase sensory stimulation and physical responses (smiling, laughing, talking)
  • Improve children’s reading and comprehension skills
  • Teach children gentleness, responsibility, safe pet contact and unconditional love

Do you and your dog have what it takes?

  • Is your dog friendly and interactive with all kinds of people?
  • Is your dog calm, well-mannered and polite?
  • Does your dog handle unusual situations with grace?
  • Does your dog remain calm and friendly around other dogs and animals?
  • Is your dog relaxed and interested when visiting people?
  • Do you enjoy meeting people and spreading the love and compassion that dogs can provide?
  • Do you believe in training and handling your dog using a compassionate, positive approach?

If this sounds like you and your dog, then we would be happy to talk to you about joining our Healing Paws Program! Read about how to become one of our therapy dog teams.

Want to help?

No Dog? No Problem!

Not every dog is willing or able to do canine-assisted interactions or you may not have a dog at all.  VOLUNTEER! We still need you!

We need team leaders to mentor new volunteers, organize events, and assist with other administrative and fundraising duties.

Sponsor a team...

Our teams take their work very seriously and pride themselves on ensuring their team is ready for any situation. This means a lot of training. Helping Idaho Dogs offers special classes at discounted rates for volunteer teams. Consider a donation to sponsor a team to help offset the cost of their training. You'll be helping provide comfort, learning and joy to people in our community.


All of our Healing Paws Program therapy dog teams are tested and registered with Alliance of Therapy Dogs

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