Meet Molly, our therapy dog in training
Building Bridges Counselling Services is proud to introduce Molly, our Therapy Dog in training.
Molly is a Labernese, which is a mix between a Labrador Retriever and a Bernese Mountain dog. When she is not busy training to become a certified Therapy Dog, she spends much of her time at Building Bridges, greeting and comforting clients.
Since October 2018, Molly has been training to become a Therapy Dog with her owner, Vanessa Fahie, and Sally Young, a certified dog trainer.
Molly’s trainer describes her as “a sweet, calm, gentle, smart dog.” She states that, “Molly is a quick learner. She has shown a great ability and enthusiasm to learn new skills. Molly has been successful in performing these skills when asked in a variety of settings and situations. Molly is also patient with both adults and younger children.”
What is Animal Assisted Therapy?
Animal Assisted Therapy is a therapeutic intervention in which the animal is incorporated in as integral aspect of treatment. In Animal Assisted Therapy, the animal is considered a co-therapist to a qualified therapist. Animal Assisted Therapy is not dependent on a specific theory or therapeutic modality. Instead, it can be integrated into any theory or therapy as another tool in the therapist’s toolkit.