Meet the Staff
Sir Paphos Canes Haley-Rezac
Animal Assisted Therapy Canine In Training
Paphos is an English Fox Red Yellow Labrador Retriever born 4/1/14 and named for Paphos, Cypress home of Dionysus, God of Winemaking, and Canes for the Canary Islands where dogs (canes) roamed the island freely. Paphos joined our team at 8 weeks and is in training to become a Registered Therapy Dog through Delta Society and a Certified Canine Good Citizen through the American Kennel Club. Paphos has an easy going personality and enjoys snuggling, belly and ear rubs and is quickly learning new skills.
Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) and Animal Assisted Activities (AAA) have become increasingly popular in healthcare settings as the therapeutic benefit of improving treatment outcomes and quality of life is being realized. Dogs are particularly suited for this work because of their long history of living and working with humans, and their ability to be trained. Our therapy dogs are eager and willing to assist in your therapy; however, interaction with them is completely optional and we are sensitive to persons with allergies or aversions to dogs.
Animal assisted therapy (AAT) is defined by the Delta Society as a goal-directed intervention in which an animal that meets specific criteria is an integral part of the treatment process. AAT is directed and/or delivered by a health/human service professional with specialized expertise and within the scope of practice for his/her profession. AAT is designed to promote improvement in human physical, social, emotional, and/or cognitive functioning.