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Do you have any pet? You may have noticed that being around your pet makes you feel better. But what is your obligation for your pet? An Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) or Pet Therapy is essential for all pet lovers which is a guided interaction between a person and a trained animal. Talking with your pet helps to enhance that levels of oxytocin, and often increase the “love hormone” that boosts the human-animal bonding.

Pet therapy involves interacting regularly with pets for a set time over months or weeks. Dogs and cats are utmost commonly used in pet therapy. However, fish, rabbits, guinea pigs, horses, and other animals can also be involved in AAT. Pet therapy is an organized set of sessions that help people to reach explicit goals in their treatment. The objectives of a pet therapy program include:

Improving motor skills and joint movement

Improving assisted or independent movement

Increasing self-esteem

Increasing verbal communication

Developing social skills

Increasing willingness to join in activities

Improving interactions with others

Motivating willingness to exercise

The Benefits of Pet Therapy or AAT

Pet therapy helps to build or boost the strong human-animal bonding. Talking with a friendly pet can help resolving many physical and mental issues and also helps in reducing blood pressure and improves overall circulation. It may also release endorphins that produce a comforting effect. This can help reduce pain, decrease stress level, and improve your overall emotional or psychological state.

Apart from these health benefits, there is a wide range of benefits of pet therapy, which include:

Improved communication and boost human-animal bonding

Enriched ability to evoke

Makes you happier, reduces depression, and improves your outlook on life

Cuts back loneliness and isolation by giving you a companion

Reduce monotony

Reduce anxiety because of its calming effects

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