Dog Therapy

Dog Therapy

Kyla Ysabel Serrano

On Friday April 1, 2016, the 6th annual senior projects at East Tech were displayed. Awesome projects were created that showcased each program here at ECTA. There was one that truly stood out to me. She was a House 1 medical student named Hannah Ray.

Q: What was your project on?

A: My project is on dog therapy and how dogs are beneficial for your mental, emotional, and physical well being.

Q: Why did you choose this topic?

A: I chose this topic because of my dad. My dad is a police officer and he has PTSD. He works with those dogs everyday to make sure that he is emotionally stable to take on the day to work with people and to make sure people are safe.  It shows people what it’s like to live with a dog and to feel the love that dogs can give you.

Q: How did you come up with this idea?

A: It was basically my mom that encouraged me. She goes to Nevada State College and one day at school, the love dogs were on campus, doing meet and greets. Their purpose was to help anybody who was feeling stressed out. My mom came home with a card from the foundation and I was like “OMG! I can work with these people!” I started working with them and learning more about it. I love it and it has become my passion.

Q: How did you spend your log of hours?

A: Doing everything. I researched, interviewed so many people and worked with all kinds of dogs. I just did all of my hours on that, learning and working.

Q: Approximately how much time did you spend on the entire project?

A: Approximately 20-25 hours. I spent a lot of time on everything. It personally has a big impact on my life, so it didn’t feel like a long time. I just thought it was fun and learned to experience this environment and it was just helpful.

Q: How did you feel about the end final result?

A:I love it. I wouldn’t change anything. It’s perfect to me!  I’ve gotten such good feedback from people and they just love it and they’re like, “Wow this is awesome! You have dogs!”

Q: Do you think the dogs are happy with doing the same thing every single day?

A: Yes, I think when you train with your dog they learn to love their work. Britney loves her job. She was found on the streets of China with her leg badly infected so they had to have it amputated. I think it’s a good story because all of the dogs are rescue dogs.