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Adina – Animal Assisted Therapy Dog

About Adina – Animal Assisted Therapy Dog

Adina - Animal Assisted Therapy Dog

Name: Adina (ah-dee-nah). Her name comes from a hebrew name, meaning delicate, refined, gentle.

Age: 13ish

Breed: Yellow Lab

Interests: Loves to be around people, peanut butter, swimming in lakes, and playing with her furry friends at the dog park.

My name is Adina and I am a yellow lab. I have been trained to become an animal-assisted therapy dog. In Spring 2014 I passed my Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test and then passed the therapy dog evaluation test with Pet Partners. I enjoy helping Carrie Snyder doing animal-assisted intervention (AAI) alongside Carrie's therapy practice. I help relieve stress, ease sadness, and other strong emotions.

Everyone needs a direction, once in a while.

How am I different from service dogs?

People sometimes confuse me with service or guide dogs. Service dogs assist those with physical disabilities and guide dogs assist those who are visually or hearing impaired. Social interaction, such as petting is NOT encouraged with these dogs. However, this means that: YES! YOU CAN PET ME!!! THAT’S MY JOB!!!!

Where did I come from & how was I trained?

I was adopted in October 2007, by Ben and Carrie Snyder, aka; my humans. To become a therapy dog, I had to pass a temperament test to make sure I could get along well with humans and especially children. After I passed that test, I was trained for the pet partners test. That means that we can work together in different settings to help others.

Meet the team

Our clinical team is diverse and in keeping with our vision this allows for choice. We merge personal background and experience, education, creativity, and passion into a professional vision: commitment to diversity in both theory and practice. We make every effort to assign clinicians with respect to a client’s and/or family’s therapeutic and cultural needs.

Think of us as your cheerleaders on the sidelines. You've seen it, the smile, the simple nod of the head. Small gestures that say: we understand, we are listening and we are here for you. That's who we are.