Swedish/Edmonds Hospital has a Therapy Pups program in which dogs visit patients in order to cheer them up. In order to further observe the positive affects of such dog visits, the hospital strapped tiny video cameras to the dogs, as hearldnet.com explains:
Science tells us that animals can reduce stress, lower blood pressure and promote healing in humans.
Deconstructing the phenomenon, Swedish/Edmonds hospital has strapped a tiny camera atop the heads of dogs in search of how canines in the hospital’s Therapy Pups program can bring instant joy to patients — from the dog’s point of view.
The added bonus of this visibility is that online viewers are able to virtually look down the snout to see the instant connection made between humans and the four-footed therapist.
The Therapy Pups program, initiated in 2008, introduced the dog cams last summer. Following many taping sessions and editing, videos of patient-dog encounters are posted on the hospital’s website.
The use of dogs to comfort people in hospitals is well known, but this is the first time I’ve been able to see it up close through video. One such example is here:
You can check out the hospital’s other “dog cam” videos at its YouTube channel by clicking here. Sounds like a great program and now we all get to experience it close up!