PAWsitive Connections, Ltd is a nonprofit organization that is different than other therapy dog programs. The handlers have extensive knowledge, training, and certifications in the education field. This promotes not only social emotional benefits but academic benefits as well. PAWsitive Connections is able to consult and provide services to students, teachers, and schools.
Research states that therapy dogs within a classroom increase children’s focus, empathy, social emotional regulation, communication, and increased literacy scores. The research also states that there are short term and long term benefits for students from having access to a therapy dog intervention.