Canine-Assisted Therapy for Children with ADHD

February 2, 2016 in Aerowood Animal Hospital

A recent study adds to the body of research showing that dogs and other pets have a positive impact on the health and well-being of people. This particular study finds that canine-assisted therapy (CAI) is a novel strategy that can enhance interventions already being used for children with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).


Project P.A.C.K, short for Positive Assertive Cooperative Kids, was a 12-week randomized, clinical trial that included children with ADHD. The participants were randomly placed into one of two therapy groups. One group included canine-assisted therapy in their sessions while the other did not.


Improvements were reported in the children’s social skills and problematic behaviors from both therapy groups. However, the children who were in the CAI therapy group exhibited greater reductions in the severity of ADHD symptoms.


Loving a pet not only feels good; it may make you a healthier person.


Source: Schuck S, Emmerson N, Fine A, Lakes K. Canine-assisted therapy for children with ADHD: Preliminary findings from the positive assertive cooperative kids study. Journal of Attention Disorders, Feb 2015; 19(2): 125-137.

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