MEET OUR THERAPY DOG, RIPLEY

Ripley is our new team member offering Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) to our patients.

About AATmeet our pediatric dental therapy dog

Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is a type of therapy that strategically incorporates human-animal interactions into a formal dental treatment. It is considered an adjunct and is guided by an AAT handler to work with a certified animal. AAT uses the human-animal bond in goal-directed interventions as an integral part of the treatment process.

Benefits of AAT:

Reduction of blood pressure , Stress reduction, Reduction of anxiety (not related to animal phobias), Dementia, Decrease depression, Ability to address grief/loss issues, Emotion recognition, Emotion regulation, Motivation, Self-esteem enhancement, Developmental disorders, Emotional and behavioral problems, Improved socialization, Improved communication, Opportunity to feel important, Increase engagement, Improve cooperation, Promote the ability to trust.

About Ripley

Ripley is a hypoallergenic male Sheepadoodle who was born in December 2019. Since he has been with Dr. Chu at 8 weeks old, he has been through extensive dog training with different trainers local and afar. It didn’t take long before Dr. Chu noticed that Ripley has an affectionate personality and a gentle demeanor, both traits suitable to become a therapy dog. Ripley became an AKC certified Canine Good Citizen in the summer of 2022. He is also a certified therapy reading dog with BARK, a local organization whose teams read with children in libraries of Orange County. Ripley is here to create a PAW-SI-TIVE experience for your child's dental visit.


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