Dogs care for us
Canine Concern helps the sick, lonely and elderly by providing visiting therapy dogs to homes and hospitals.
There are many people in hospitals, residential homes or living alone who are no longer in a position to care for pets and miss their companionship greatly. So if you have an hour to spare each week or fortnight and would like to share the joy your dog gives you, with others who are less fortunate, please join us at Canine Concern.
The medical profession endorses our findings that allowing animals, especially dogs, into hospitals brings comfort to long-stay patients and those vulnerable to loneliness and depression.
For some people it is the highlight of their week.
Canine Concern also care for dogs
Canine Concern provide education to children about the benefits of a canine companion, especially if treated well. By giving talks and demonstrations at schools we can help youngsters of today become the responsible owners of tomorrow.
Read to Dogs
Most of us are apprehensive about speaking or performing in public, fearing getting things wrong and being ridiculed. Research shows that young students can also become nervous and stressed when reading to others in a classroom. By sitting down next to a dog and reading to the dog, all threats of being judged are eliminated. The child relaxes, pats the attentive dog, and focuses on the reading. Reading improves because the child is practicing the skill of reading, whilst building self-esteem, and associating reading with something pleasant. Click here to find out more.
Esther also does agility in her spare time, she is a delight to train and is a very gentle little dog who loves people, but sits and waits until they speak to her before she puts her paws on their chair or their arm for attention. She is not yet two years old so has only been visiting for a few months, but already seems able to sense who needs a gentle head nudge and who wants her to be more lively. She visits a care home and a nursing home, the oldest lady she has met so far is 102! I like to think she brings joy to her many friends, she is very enthusiastic to go on her visits.