Boomer is a 3 year old Great Dane who was rescued by Dr. Black in March 2021. He has his own history of some attachment trauma after he was given up by his original owners. Boomer is what we would call a "Velcro Dane" because he sticks to Nicole like Velcro. After coming to work everyday, it was quickly realized that Boomer has the perfect personality and disposition to be a therapy dog.
Boomer is currently in training to be an official therapy dog and helps provide Animal Assisted Psychotherapy. His trainer's name is Raylee and she has years of experience providing training to services dogs, PTSD dogs, and therapy dogs. He is in the room with his handler, Dr. Black. Don't worry, Boomer has passed a disposition test and has passed with a "good boy" report card. He attends adult and play therapy sessions for all clients who are comfortable with him in the room.
Boomer is trained to go visit people when they are distressed and need a source of comfort. He is also trained to "lean". Leaning is a natural skill that Great Danes have where they lean on you and provided a weighted sense of comfort. Boomer weighs about 115lbs currently and uses his gentle size to provide reassurance and comfort to clients. His presence in the room also provides a source of distraction and light-heartedness when trauma work can get a little heavy at times.
Client who are allergic to dogs or have a phobia of dogs can absolutely opt for Boomer to be in another room.
He is only in session with Dr. Black who is his owner and handler.
Boomer learning how to "play dead" or "bang" at the request of a child client!
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