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Therapy Dogs: Austin Dog Alliance

More than just man's best friend or your most loyal pet, dogs double as great therapy and service partners, too. Not to be confused with service or assistance canines, therapy dogs are most often found in hospitals, nursing homes, schools and the like. Therapy dogs are famous for their calmness and friendliness. Eager to gently comfort and interact, therapy dogs are special in their demeanors. Service dogs, on the other hand, are specifically trained to aid those with disabilities (like blindness, seizure disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD]). Undergoing more nuanced and higher training, these dogs often have the capability to notify their owners of warning signs related to their specific disability. The Austin Dog Alliance endeavors to foster powerful connections between dogs and humans since 2006. Boasting programs including both service and therapy canines, the Austin Dog Alliance's impression permeates throughout the greater Austin community. Service programs like Hounds for Heroes, which focuses on providing canine connections for those who suffer from anxiety, depression and PTS (post-traumatic stress). Once trained, these dogs may perform certain life-normalizing tasks to help their owners. Other programs such as pet therapy visits are designed to introduce over 145 therapy dogs and their handlers into nursing homes and hospitals. With the intention to uplift, this program is great at putting a smile on patients' faces. It's quite easy to see how dogs are more than just household pets. Instead, they are capable of improving and even changing the lives of people who so desperately need it. If you ever find yourself or someone you know in the hospital after a personal injury-related accident, or suffering from consequent disorders like PTS, you should get involved with the Austin Dog Alliance. As always, if you need legal help after an accident, one of your first calls should be to Rhett Hoestenbach, personal injury lawyer, who can help guide you through the complicated legal process.

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