Meet Honey, our Registered Teddy Bear Goldendoodle Therapy Dog and Kelly, Honey’s Certified Animal Handler
At Haas Dental Associates, our mission is to create a positive dental experience that will provide your children with a lifetime of excellent oral health. We decided to add Honey to our team because the presence of a companion animal is associated with improvements in mental, social and physiologic health status,1 medical studies/clinical research show that a therapy dog can not only have medical benefits — such as stress relief, or lower blood pressure — but provide a sense of comfort, confidence, companionship,2 and the presence of an animal can significantly increase positive social behaviors among children with autism spectrum disorder.3 Honey is here to bring comfort, joy and assist children by reducing their anxiety and stress which could impact the regularity of your children’s visits to the dentist. She is warm, loving and has no language barrier. We know that you will fall in love with her the moment you meet her, just like we did!
Honey was carefully selected through extensive temperament testing to meet the specific needs of our patients here at Haas Dental Associates. We chose a Goldendoodle breed because they are known to be sweet, intelligent and have an excellent disposition. We also wanted a hypoallergenic breed that doesn’t shed so patients with allergies can enjoy her company without worry.
Honey has gone through extensive training attending Doodle Prep School with Smeraglia Golden Doodles, Obedience and Dog Talk Training and Wellness Sanctuary, and we are excited to share that she became a registered therapy dog through Pet Partners Therapy in October of 2016. Kelly her trainer continues to work on strengthening Honey’s skills on a daily basis. You can follow her progress and journey on Instagram @Honey_dentaltherapydog and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Honey_dentaltherapydog-217832425239741/.
Honey has a loving family, she lives with the Lisa (General Practice Manager), where she loves playing with her two older doggy sisters Chloe and Lola. Her favorite things include belly rubs, sleeping, looking for squirrels, learning new tricks, snacking on cookies, and just being silly.
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- Therapy Dogs United. What is a Therapy Dog? Updated 2016. http://www.therapydogsunited.org/about_us/.
- O’Haire ME, McKenzie SJ, Beck AM, Slaughter V (2013). Social Behaviors Increase in Children with Autism in the Presence of Animals Compared to Toys. PLoS ONE 8(2): e57010. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0057010.
- Sobo, E.J.; Eng, B.; Kassity-Krich, N. Canine Visitation (Pet) Therapy: Pilot study data on decrease in child pain perception. J. Holist. Nurs. 2006, 24, 51–57.
- Barker, S.B.; Wolen, A.K. The benefits of human-companion animal interaction: A review. J. Vet. Med. Ed. 2008, 35, 487–495.