Six-year-old Helios Tang takes part in the Rise Wise organised Animal Assisted Intervention programme, with behavioural therapist Shermain Tan and therapy dog, Isla, at Kwun Tong, Hong Kong. Animal therapy is being used to help relieve physical and mental health issues in the young, elderly and sick in Hong Kong. Photo: Xiaomei Chen Six-year-old Helios Tang takes part in the Rise Wise organised Animal Assisted Intervention programme, with behavioural therapist Shermain Tan and therapy dog, Isla, at Kwun Tong, Hong Kong. Animal therapy is being used to help relieve physical and mental health issues in the young, elderly and sick in Hong Kong. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
Six-year-old Helios Tang takes part in the Rise Wise organised Animal Assisted Intervention programme, with behavioural therapist Shermain Tan and therapy dog, Isla, at Kwun Tong, Hong Kong. Animal therapy is being used to help relieve physical and mental health issues in the young, elderly and sick in Hong Kong. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
Wellness

How therapy dogs help with learning disabilities, anxiety and other health problems, whether you’re young or old

  • Animal-assisted therapy helps slow learners catch up, coaxes young recluses to re-engage with society, and relieves loneliness and dementia in the elderly
  • In Hong Kong, guide dogs that haven’t made the grade become therapy animals, with Labradors the chosen breed because they are obedient and eager to please

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Six-year-old Helios Tang takes part in the Rise Wise organised Animal Assisted Intervention programme, with behavioural therapist Shermain Tan and therapy dog, Isla, at Kwun Tong, Hong Kong. Animal therapy is being used to help relieve physical and mental health issues in the young, elderly and sick in Hong Kong. Photo: Xiaomei Chen Six-year-old Helios Tang takes part in the Rise Wise organised Animal Assisted Intervention programme, with behavioural therapist Shermain Tan and therapy dog, Isla, at Kwun Tong, Hong Kong. Animal therapy is being used to help relieve physical and mental health issues in the young, elderly and sick in Hong Kong. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
Six-year-old Helios Tang takes part in the Rise Wise organised Animal Assisted Intervention programme, with behavioural therapist Shermain Tan and therapy dog, Isla, at Kwun Tong, Hong Kong. Animal therapy is being used to help relieve physical and mental health issues in the young, elderly and sick in Hong Kong. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
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