Hospital Starts Using Therapy Dogs to Help Stressed Staff

A Chicago hospital has brought a therapy dog on to the staff. Not for the sick people, but for stressed out hospital staff.

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Recently, we’ve seen quite a rise in the number of therapy pets in the world.  They’ve been lauded for their ability to seeming get humans through anything one may find overwhelming, and are everywhere.  Now, a Chicago hospital has employed a therapy dog, but the dog isn’t for the benefit of the sick people in the hospital, but for the staff.

Doctors, nurses and other hospital staff have many tasks thought out their day of work.  As we all know, not everything that goes on in a hospital has a happy ending, and some people, especially when sick and in pain, can be difficult, and hospital staff can sometimes have a high turnover rate, due to stress.

So, to try to help people out when they are feeling almost to the breaking point at work, the hospital had brought in Minnie.  Minnie is a labradoodle mix, with the softest, fluffiest fur ever according to those she helps.  Staff get to spend some private time with her, and almost everyone that’s taken part is reporting lower stress levels, and more satisfaction with their jobs.

Minnie is making a big splash at the hospital, and we believe that we’ll be seeing even more therapy dogs popping up all over the world.  Do you have a therapy dog?  Someone the help you through the rough patches?  Share you therapy dog stories with us here in the comments section below, or on out Facebook page.

52 thoughts on “Hospital Starts Using Therapy Dogs to Help Stressed Staff

  1. When I first started at my present employer, a co-worker use to bring her little Shitzu to work. What a gift that was for Me!! I felt so relaxed when ever she came to visit my desk. Sure miss it!!

  2. Hello,I live in Argentina and I work with Dylan,my Therapy dog in different hospitals.And the truth is that when they are no patients,we have visited by doctors and nurses.We love doing this!!!!!!!

  3. Lukas has been my husband’s best therapist since his cancer diagnosis. The staff at Reading Hospital LOVED having Luke there….

  4. there are few, if any, more stressful jobs than ER ans hospital work… you don’t go to work there expecting many good things to happen. You deal with death, pain, misery from all

  5. I love the idea of pet therapy dogs at the airport. One of the therapy dogs in my state that Rhode Island was in the Smithfield animal shelter, in Rhode Island. Now he’s a therapy dog at T.F. Green airport in Rhode Island, now he walks through the airport and everyone can pet him and also feel comforted. What a great idea. I say ” pets are so comforting, they should be a stress reliever for work”! Great idea!!!

  6. This is my Certified Therapy Dog. We serve at Genesys Hospital in Michigan. This week she sported bunny ears for Easter! She brings a lot of happiness to patients and staff members!

  7. I want to get a therapy dog. I suffer from anxiety and ptsd. My husband does not believe in them. I do. I been around dogs all my life . I see first hand what amazing things they cam do. I really think it would help me

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