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 a therapy dog 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 Betty 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!
Betty’s temperament meets our specific needs for patients here at Haas Dental Associates. Her size makes her a great lap dog and her sweet gentle disposition makes her a great addition to the office.
Betty is still in training, strengthening her skills on a daily basis, but has exceeded our expectations. She has already demonstrated her natural talent to bring joy to everyone she meets. Betty loves her job and lives for attention from children and gets especially excited when children giggle. At home Betty has a loving family, she lives with the Alexis and her husband, where she loves playing with her son Walt Disney.
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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.