5 Ways Dogs Help ADHD Brains — in 360 Degrees!!!

Link to last video on the terretorio de zaguates: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsew6RhXhMw

Dogs can be wonderful for ADHD brains!

But a lot of these benefits depend on you having a good relationship with your dog, so make sure you choose one that’s right for you and your family. Do as much research ahead of time as possible and make sure you meet your new family member in person before you commit!



picking a puppy (VIDEO): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9khrqxVpAc

picking a shelter dog (article): http://3lostdogs.com/a-guide-to-choosing-the-right-dog-from-a-shelter/

WARNING: There are many “registries” that are essentially scams. You do NOT need to register your emotional support animal, or have a vest or ID card for them. All you need is a letter from your doctor or therapist explaining why you need one.

For service animals, which autistic people often benefit from, you do not need a vest either, although many handlers choose to use one. What makes a service dog a service dog is the specialized training they go through to provide a specific task or tasks to assist with their handler’s disability and be able to behave in public places.

More on service dog scams: http://servicedogcentral.org/content/fake-service-dog-credentials

Right to Emotional Support Animals in “No Pet” Housing:


More on emotional support animals: http://www.akc.org/content/entertainment/articles/everything-about-emotional-support-animals/

Link to Fair Housing Act: https://www.hud.gov/sites/documents/SERVANIMALS_NTCFHEO2013-01.PDF

Laws in other countries: https://assistancedogsinternational.org/access-and-laws/adi-guide-to-assistance-dog-laws/

Canada (opinion piece, provides links): http://helpmentalhealth.squarespace.com/canadian-laws/

What’s The Difference Between a Service Dog, Therapy Dog, and an Emotional Support Animal? (VIDEO) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4C459sQwrAo&feature=youtu.be

More about service dogs: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/janice-celeste/service-dogs-not-allowed-_b_8062976.html

What NOT to do around service dogs (video by Drew Lynch): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9PqaaIBjq0

Find an assistance dog!

International: https://www.assistancedogsinternational.org/

Canada: http://www.cagads.com/programs.html


Gadomski, A. M., Scribani, M. B., Krupa, N., Jenkins, P., Nagykaldi, Z., & Olson, A. L. (2015). Pet Dogs and Children’s Health: Opportunities for Chronic Disease Prevention?. Preventing Chronic Disease, 121-10. doi:10.5888/pcd12.150204

Gadomski, A. M., Scribani, M. B., Krupa, N., & Jenkins, P. (2017). Pet dogs and child physical activity: the role of child-dog attachment. Pediatric Obesity, 12(5), e37-e40. doi:10.1111/ijpo.12156

Martin, K. E., Wood, L., Christian, H., & Trapp, G. A. (2015). Not Just “A Walking the Dog”: Dog Walking and Pet Play and Their Association With Recommended Physical Activity Among Adolescents. American Journal Of Health Promotion, 29(6), 353-356. doi:10.4278/ajhp.130522-ARB-262

Lundqvist, M., Carlsson, P., Sjödahl, R., Theodorsson, E., & Levin, L. (2017). Patient benefit of dog-assisted interventions in health care: a systematic review. BMC Complementary & Alternative Medicine, 171-12. doi:10.1186/s12906-017-1844-7

Schuck, S. B., Emmerson, N. A., Fine, A. H., & Lakes, K. D. (2015). Canine-assisted therapy for children with ADHD: preliminary findings from the positive assertive cooperative kids study. Journal Of Attention Disorders, 19(2), 125-137. doi:10.1177/1087054713502080

Sugawara, A., Masud, M. M., Yokoyama, A., Mizutani, W., Watanuki, S., Yanai, K., & … Tashiro, M. (2012). Effects of Presence of a Familiar Pet Dog on Regional Cerebral Activity in Healthy Volunteers: A Positron Emission Tomography Study. Anthrozoos, 25(1), 25-34.

Dogs in the workplace: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5451949/

Special thanks to Alex and Duckie for consulting and providing links and research on this video! Puppy kisses, mwah!


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Music for “5 Ways Dogs Help ADHD Brains — in 360 Degrees!!!”:

“The Show Must Be Go”, “RetroFuture Clean”, “Happy Happy Game Show”, “Life of Riley”, “Future Gladiator”, “Daily Beetle”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Posted on January 26, 2018 by Therapist Nicki

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