Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT)

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What is it about the presence of a dog or the touch of its soft fur that allows people to feel at ease and feel comfortable enough to relase their emotions? Animals, the vast majority being canines due to being domesticated and easily accessed and trained, have been used in hospitals, schools, rehabilitation facilities, and other settings for years in order to bring about a therapeutic change (Megan A. Souter & Michelle D. Miller, 2007). Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is a type of therapy that uses trained animal interaction as a form of treatment to ameliorate an individuals physical, emotional, and social well-being. Interacting with an animal-whether playing with it, caring for it, or simply petting it- is believed to have many positive

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