As the largest certifying animal-assisted therapy organization on the East Coast of the United States, Good Dog currently operates in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Jersey, and at disaster sites around the country. Our work encompasses the fields of Education, Health Care and Wellness, Research, and Disaster Response.
Good Dog teams visit schools and libraries to work with children who are learning how to read, to conduct anti-bullying workshops, and to work with children who are living with autism.
Good Dogs patiently listen as young students learn how to read, struggling readers work on their reading skills or English-as-a-second-language students work on learning a new language. Improved reading levels and increased confidence have been consistently observed in students taking part in the reading program.
Good Dog’s anti-bullying work involves therapy dog teams facilitating a dialogue on kindness, responsibility and communication in classrooms, helping students develop increased empathy towards animals and towards each other.
Good Dog works closely with facilities such as the New York Center for Autism Charter School in New York, NY to bring therapy dogs to visit students on the autism spectrum. Students who receive visits show marked improvements in verbal skills and reductions in disruptive behaviors.
Health Care and Wellness
Good Dog’s work in Health Care and Wellness consists of eight unique approaches specializing in cancer, heart disease, rehabilitation/stroke, AIDS/HIV, mental health, geriatric care, indigent populations, and veterans.
Our Health Care and Wellness efforts comprises the bulk of the work that we do. Reduced anxiety, loneliness, stress and blood pressure are just a few of the healing benefits of Good Dogs that we’ve observed in our work. Good Dogs help thousands of people cope with AIDS, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, strokes, cancer and depression in medical facilities.
Good Dog is committed to advancing the field of Animal Assisted Therapy by conducting research to better understand exactly how Animal Assisted Interactions can positively impact specific physical and emotional challenges that individuals may be facing. Read more about our Research Initiatives here.
Good Dog responds to both national disasters as well as local disasters in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Good Dog can deploy teams to help the survivors of disasters as well as the professionals sent to assist in disaster recovery. Good Dog teams have worked with victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Hurricanes Katrina, Irene, and Sandy, the Newtown shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and the Boston Marathon bombings.