A therapy animal is an animal trained to provide affection and comfort to people. They are often used in hospitals, assisted living homes, nursing homes, schools, rehabilitation centers, hospices, and other areas to help improve their well being. Therapy animals are NOT required to be certified.
Therapy animals need to be friendly and enjoy human contact. They should be well behaved in public. For a goat to be used as a therapy animal; they should be polled or disbudded. Wethers or does make the best therapy animals.
Research indicates that interaction with therapy animals can temporarily affect the release of various neurotransmitters in the brain; levels of oxytocin (linked with bonding) and dopamine (involved in the reward-motivation system) are increased, while cortisol levels (an immunosuppressant associated with stress) are decreased. All of which are very beneficial to the patients.
Rio is a certified Therapy Animal. Here was was at the Agriculture day in Hemphill Texas meeting some of the elementary kids. He was a big hit. Everyone had fun and Rio had a blast!
Another picture from the Ag day with Rio. Notice how close the kids get there head to the goats head. This is why horns don’t work really well on a therapy animal.
Below is Checkers. We have done some therapy work with him. He loves people but because he has horns he is very limited in his working abilities.