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Experience a special bond ... through dog assisted therapy

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Dogs know when you’re feeling down; they sit beside you or put their chin on your knee. Such unconditional love can reach out to the most troubled soul in a way that humans just can’t sometimes...

A dog can help you smile through tears, laugh through sadness, and give much needed physical affection when your arms ache for a hug.

At Mel Riley HQ, dogs are a precious part of my counselling practice and life... Do you want to meet them?

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Introducing River... our resident ‘sleepy’ sausage dog

Don’t be surprised if miniature Dachshund, River, answers the door - then races us to the therapy room in record-breaking speed. Not bad for little legs!

She adores tummy tickles and occasional walks, though is most content being cuddled on a warm lap. Apologies if she snores! She could win awards...

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Meet part-time recruit, Macca... our waggy-tailed Plummer Terrier

Currently at dog school learning to perfect his therapy skills, he’s a bundle of bouncy fun who loves to play.

Together, we are the ‘pawsome’ team.

Can dog assisted therapy change lives?

Yes! Dogs have been life-changing for me. Though heartbroken when my first dog passed away, and more recently, my beloved German Shepherd – Max – dogs with their accepting nature bring special qualities to therapy. They:

  • Build relationships with children or adults who are hard to reach
  • Help people relax so they feel less overwhelmed by emotion
  • Bring heaps of fun to play therapy sessions
  • Increase motivation, self-esteem and positivity
  • Help the most scared, mistrustful person feel at ease 

Who can benefit from dog assisted therapy?

  • People suffering from debilitating phobias
  • Autistic children, or those with Aspergers, struggling to connect or communicate
  • If you’re living with shame, guilt or don’t believe you deserve to be loved
  • If you or your child can’t move beyond trauma, grief or bereavement

And if you are a professional needing outreach therapy for kids under your care, it’s incredible how reserved children and teens will talk over their troubles while cuddling a dog. 

For more information about pet therapy with me and the pooches in Wolverhampton or across the Midlands, just get in touch

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