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Dog-assisted therapy is a promising non-pharmacological therapy for dementia. We have shown that dog-assisted therapy sessions led to an increase in social behaviors and emotional manifestations with heightened pleasure compared with equivalent therapy sessions without the dog.

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Why is it important?

Our results show that dog-assisted therapy is an intervention with great potential for positively impacting the quality of life of PwD, as it fosters socialization and communication, and has a positive influence on emotional state.

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This page is a summary of: Effects of Dog-Assisted Therapy on Social Behaviors and Emotional Expressions: A Single-Case Experimental Design in 3 People With Dementia, Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology, August 2019, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/0891988719868306.
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