What are the benefits of a Canine Court Companion Therapy Dog?
Interacting with Therapy Dogs has been scientifically proven to lower heart rate, increase speech and memory function, and heighten mental clarity.
Therapy Dogs can also reduce anxiety, offer a pleasant distraction and provide non-judgemental support to people in need. In a courthouse environment, emotions and stress are often at a high and victims of crime are at risk of being re-traumatised and left feeling vulnerable. Interacting with a Therapy Dog may reduce these feelings and improve the person’s wellbeing.
A recent evaluation of the CCCP found that 96% of engagements with CCCP Therapy Dog Teams were positive, along with plenty of anecdotal evidence supporting their presence. The feedback suggests Therapy Dogs have a calming and uplifting effect not only on victims of crime, but also court professionals and volunteers, support networks, and the family and friends of people attending court.