Frazier Rehab Institute’s in-house Facility Dog is named Madison, a Golden Retriever who works full-time at in the Frazier Therapeutic Recreation Department and who was trained by the Paws With Purpose Organization.
In addition to her two years of training to become a service dog, Madison’s trainer’s also worked with her through intensive sessions to learn how to appropriately utilize her with the patients at Frazier Rehab.
Madison assists patients with various physical, cognitive and emotional treatment goals. These goals are met through individual or group treatment sessions handled by trained Recreational Therapist or other trained professional staff.
As part of her work, Madison helps patients by motivating them to meet their goals by encouraging them to use a weaker hand to pet her or throw a toy. Her sweet nature and huge chocolate brown eyes also motivates patients to walk farther and faster during physical therapy. Madison also helps patients focus on articulating their speech through giving her direct verbal commands such as sit, down and stay.
Madison also provides many of the patients at Frazier Rehab Institute with the opportunity to see how a Service Dog can benefit their everyday life after sustaining a physical disability. She can demonstrate how a service dog can open doors, turn on/off lights, pick up dropped items like keys, pull clothes out of the dryer and put them in a laundry basket or take cans to the recycling bin!
For more information about Animal Assisted Therapy and Animal Assisted Activity at Frazier Rehab Institute, please contact us by email.