Georgia Magazine - December 2017 - 16

Just what the
doctor
ordered
Canine-assisted therapy
BY PAMELA A. KEENE

D

COURTESY CHILDREN'S HEALTHCARE OF ATLANTA

on't be surprised to see leashed dogs in
official-looking vests walking side by side
with physicians, staff and clergy in the halls of
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). They're
working, so it's perfectly fine for them to be there.
"The Canines For Kids animal-assisted therapy
program does tremendous work here," says Lisa
Kinsel, manager of volunteer services and Canines
For Kids at CHOA. "From helping patients with anxiety
before surgery to providing a distraction from their daily
lives of shots, tests and being in a hospital, it's incredible
the difference [the animals] can make. It gives the kids
something to focus on that's different from being in the
hospital."
Kinsel's golden retriever/yellow Lab mix, Casper,
was the hospital's first full-time facility dog in the
Canines For Kids program. Trained by members of
Canine Assistants, a national organization with an
office in Milton, dogs like Casper are prepared for a
lifetime of service in a variety of fields. Potential service dogs undergo 18 months of
training, learning to remain calm in all
kinds of situations while focusing their
attention on their handlers.
Some, like Casper, learn to be
comfortable and calm in a hospital
setting, with its different smells,
unusual noises and sometimes-hectic
pace. Facility dogs come to the
hospital with their handlers and stay
with the handlers during the day as
they do their jobs. They go home
Canines For Kids therapy dog Stella
provides loving support to Children's
Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) patient
Princess Faal.
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