It’s a well-known fact that dogs reduce stress. When you’re feeling anxious, petting a dog can provide both comfort and relief.
So it’s no surprise that a 6-year-old Golden Retriever named JoJo is “employed” at a dental office and helping kids in need.
Her job? JoJo is a registered comfort dog who assists in calming young patients going through treatment.
“I’ve been working as a handler for five years, and I thought Jo Jo could really do some good here,” JoJo’s handler, Lynne Ryan of Arlington Heights, Illinois, told the Chicago Daily
Herald. “JoJo had to be trained to get used to all the different noises in a dental office, like the sound of the drill and the suction. But now, she gets up on the chair and reclines on children’s laps.”
When young patients are feeling scared, JoJo sits on their laps and offers up her paw to hold.
“A lot of the time, those patients would need nitrous oxide or other sedative to help them relax,” dental receptionist Veronica Renteria told The Dodo. “But when JoJo comes in with them and sits in the chair, they’re comforted. They can just sit and pet her as they’re getting their teeth cleaned. She does a great job with them.
“A lot of the patients who normally were very apprehensive about even walking in the door now look forward to their appointments,” said Renteria. “The moment you walk in, you feel very relaxed. There she is, waiting for you to pet her.”
h/t: daily herald