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What is Canine Assisted Wellness (CAW)?

CAW is a new way of providing Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) at the workplace, and beyond. 

     Commonly known as Pet Therapy, AAT is a guided interaction between a person and a trained animal. AAT is most prevalent in the healthcare industry and is used for the improvement of patients' social, cognitive, physical, mental, emotional functioning and skills.

     There are multiple studies that show the simple act of petting a dog have lasting affects on the human psyche, such as improving people’s psychological well-being and self-esteem.

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AAT Research
UCLA Health AAT Research

  • The simple act of petting animals releases an automatic relaxation response.

    • Humans interacting with animals have found that petting the animal promoted the release of serotonin, prolactin and oxytocin- all hormones that can play a part in elevating moods

  • ​Lowers anxiety and helps people relax.

  • Increases mental stimulation.

  • Can provide an escape or happy distraction.

  • Lowers blood pressure and improves cardiovascular health.

  • Releases many hormones such as Phenylethylamine which has the same effect as chocolate.

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