Oliver, Therapy Dog
Locations : Alpharetta – GA, Midtown – GA
Oliver is a Goldendoodle that is now going to work with Lisa as a therapy dog in training. He is a happy laid back guy. Oliver is enjoying greeting and meeting clients and he loves his walks at Piedmont Park.
Oliver has his own unique personality. He enjoys belly rubs, biscuits and naps. As far as napping he doesn’t want you to think he is not interested but young dogs do need their beauty rest. Oliver would love to meet you!
Max, Therapy Dog (in memorial)
Max was a nationally certified therapy dog. He was a mixed breed part Malamute and German Shepherd.
He previously helped facilitate therapeutic activities at Crisis Stabilization Units, Mental Health Units, Outpatient Clinics, Hospitals, Schools, Universities, and many other places.
In his later years he loved coming to 1 Alliance CPS with Lisa hanging out with her at the office and visiting with clients. He lived 15 wonderful years and is surely missed by the clients he has helped, Lisa and the rest of the 1 Alliance CPS Family.
Research has found that pets truly have the power to heal. The benefits we experience when animals are beside us:
- We develop more empathy.
- We develop an outward focus instead of focusing on ourselves or our problems.
- Nurturing skills are learned and psychologically, when a person nurtures his or her need to be nurtured is fulfilled.
- Animals can open a channel of emotional safety and the animal’s presence may open a path through the person’s initial resistance.
- An animal’s acceptance is nonjudgmental, forgiving, and uncomplicated by the psychological games people often play. They accept you the way you are and where you are…. Animals have a way of accepting without condition.
- They increase our mental stimulation which usually helps increase communication with other people. It also provides a decrease in feelings of isolation and alienation.
- It is also well established that touch is very important for the nourishment of our mind and spirit. For some people, touch from another person is not acceptable, but the warm, furry touch of a dog is. When people hold and stroke an animal — or in some cases just see one — a number of healthy physical and psychological transitions occur, including:
- Lowered blood pressure
- A feeling of calm
- The ability to be more extroverted and verbal
- Lessened feelings of hostility
- Decreased loneliness
- Increased self-esteem
- The ability to adjust more readily to life changes
If you would like Oliver to be invited to your sessions with Lisa just let her know. He loves to come when he is not catching up on his favorite shows on TV or watching the birds from his favorite spot on the couch from his home with his other siblings.