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Therapy Dogs Are Now Being Employed At An Airport In Canada

Interest April 12, 2019 By Hugo

Have you ever suffered from pre-flight jitters? It's understandable if you have- airports are crazy places. When we're there, we're often nervous we'll miss our flight or that something terrible might happen onboard. But for travelers passing through Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Ontario, all stresses and nerves will be put at ease by a set of therapy dogs.

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Volunteers have been offered the chance to bring their calming canine companions into the airport so they can have calming effects on everyone. If any passengers are thought to be in more need volunteers will seek them out and let their pet dogs work their magic.

The therapy dog movement was a form of emotional healing that developed in the 1970s by British WWII veteran Jim Newell who witnessed the immediate benefits of using dogs in hospitals and nursing homes so decided to make it his life mission to promote canine therapy around the world. 

Along with wife Doreen, Jim Newell trained a variety of dogs to perform calming but straightforward functions and to be patient and attentive to the frailties of the human condition and the movement has since caught on in Canada and around the world.

Watch the charming video below and let us know in the comments if you know of any other organizations that employ animals for the help and well-being of children and adults.

 

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