Norton Healthcare dog program turns 5 years old

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This system launched in 2017 with only two dogs; it has since expanded to 13 full-time dogs with more in training.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Norton Healthcare is celebrating their best four-legged girls and boys all week.

The hospital’s program – Heel, Dog, Heal – is popping five years old in response to their Facebook post.

Heel, Dog, Heal brings Facility Dogs into the hospital for support and luxury.

Facility dogs are trained staff members of the hospital who partner with a handler to work in a health care or educational setting in response to Norton Healthcare’s website.

Each the dogs and their handlers receive training to partner together in order that they can provide comfort for patients and families.

This system launched in 2017 with only two dogs; Heel, Dog, Heal has since expanded to 13 full-time dogs with more in training.

Facility Dogs are shown to “motivate a patient to be more mobile, lend a paw during distressing or painful procedures, encourage socialization and offer a relaxing presence during episodes of pain and/or anxiety” in response to the web site.

To learn concerning the individual Facility Dogs and donate to this system, click here.

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