“Paw-sitive” reinforcement is a tool Emerson Hospital, Concord, Mass, uses to leverage the natural calming presence of therapy dogs to improve how patients respond to therapy and treatment. The dogs help improve patient participation for inpatients and outpatients and are especially useful for patients who are separated from their canine pets at home.

This article explains how the dogs are used and the partnership the hospital has with a pet therapy foundation that provides the animals.

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