Therapy Dog

Jack, a Golden Retriever, joined the Halifax Health | Brooks Rehabilitation - Center for Inpatient Rehabilitation team on June 23, 2014 and we are proud to have him as our resident therapy dog. He can be seen on a daily basis working with staff members, nurses, therapists and physicians helping patients on their road to recovery.

He began his training as a service dog in Florida’s prison system, as part of a program designed to help inmates learn life skills and gain a sense of accomplishment with the successful training of the prospective service dogs. It was during this time that Jack learned a wide variety of commands by practicing them daily with his handler.

Throughout his lifetime, Jack has been very receptive to giving attention, receiving affection and interacting with humans. These attributes steered him to his new and final destination at Center for Inpatient Rehabilitation as an animal assisted therapy dog.

With Jack’s assistance, patients are able to do the following:

  • Work on arm and grip strength by petting and brushing
  • Develop speech and cognitive skills by saying commands that he then follows
  • Strengthen balance while sitting and standing by playing toss

Jack not only plays an integral role in therapy sessions where patients are practice many of the skills they are learning but also aids in the healing process by visiting with patients on a regular basis and fostering a strong sense of community.

Because of Jack’s natural ability to spread love and happiness, his reputation is widely renowned throughout Halifax Health with both patients and Team Members as everyone’s favorite four-legged friend.


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