Stay tuned for updates and feel free to reach out if you’d like to meet Layla – she’s always ready to make a new friend!

Please note: Layla will be hanging out at the office, if you are allergic to dogs, or just not a dog person, please let us know so we can accommodate you!

Layla

Therapy Dog in Training

Welcome to our counseling practice, where healing and comfort come in all shapes and sizes – including furry, four-legged friends! We’re thrilled to introduce Layla, our adorable Golden Retriever, who is currently in training to become a certified therapy dog.

About Layla: Layla was born on November 4, 2023, and from the moment she opened her eyes, she has been spreading joy and love. This lively pup is not only full of energy but also possesses an innate ability to sense when someone needs a little extra comfort. Whether she’s cuddling, hugging, or simply being her joyful self, Layla has a unique way of bringing smiles to everyone she meets.

Training Journey: At just two months old, Layla embarked on an intensive 5-week training program, living with her trainer and receiving around-the-clock instruction. This early experience laid the foundation for her journey toward becoming a therapy dog. Over the next five months, she will continue her training, fine-tuning her skills and learning how to provide the best support possible. Afterward, Layla will attend an adult training course for three weeks, where she’ll master the advanced skills required to pass her certification test.

Therapeutic Benefits: Having a therapy dog like Layla in our sessions offers numerous benefits:

  • Emotional Support: Layla’s gentle presence and comforting cuddles can help reduce anxiety and stress, making it easier for clients to open up and engage in therapy.
  • Building Trust: Layla’s friendly nature helps create a safe and welcoming environment, especially for clients who may feel nervous or hesitant about therapy.
  • Encouraging Interaction: Her playful and loving demeanor encourages clients to interact, which can be particularly beneficial for those dealing with social anxieties or communication difficulties.
  • Boosting Mood: Layla’s infectious joy and spunky personality guarantee laughter and smiles, which are powerful tools in the healing process.

 

We are confident that Layla’s loving nature and therapeutic skills will significantly enhance our practice and provide immense comfort and support to our clients. Her journey to becoming a certified therapy dog is just beginning, and we are excited to share her progress with you.

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