Science is finally confirming what people have known intuitively for years: therapy dogs help people physically, emotionally and socially. It's known as the "therapeutic touch," the proven scientific fact that when a human pets or interacts in some other way with a dog, within minutes they get a massive release of beneficial hormones.

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Therapeutic progress for pre-school children with psychiatric disorders and special education needs can be significantly enhanced by the participation of therapy dog teams in the treatment process. A recent study found that the dogs helped encourage more willing and enthusiastic participation by the children in therapy sessions treating the challenges of Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder and more, as well as past abuse and neglect.

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