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Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation Animal Assisted Therapy 

"The Real Dog Therapists of Dallas"

Without further adieu….please meet "The Real Dog Therapists of Dallas!"

At Baylor we look to put smiles on our patients faces any way we can. Although providing quality care is our main objective, we are always happy to offer our patients alternative types of treatment that may help them during their recovery. And sometimes, bringing our furry friends to visit (and work with) our patients does just the trick!

The Animal Assisted Therapy program began with one sheltie, Dusty, visiting patients once a week. Since then, the number of Baylor therapy dogs has continued to grow to keep up with the increasing demand for this type of therapy. Currently, we have over 90 specially trained therapy dogs that volunteer 1-4 hours at a time to work with our patients. The dogs are used not only for specific therapy treatments, but also to simply visit with patients to brighten their day.

For some head injury patients, it has been the first thing they respond to when emerging from a coma. For others, being with a dog is what motivates them to attempt to speak when they find it so difficult and frustrating. Others will work their arms and hands that are weak and uncoordinated to pet the dog or throw the ball.

Baylor therapy dogs visit patients at:

  • Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital
  • Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation
  • Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation at Frisco
  • Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation Northwest
  • Baylor University Medical Center - hospice, trauma and transplant units
  • Baylor Carrollton
  • Baylor Cancer Center
  • Baylor Frisco
  • Family Medical Center of North Garland
  • Baylor Garland
  • Baylor Grapevine
  • Baylor Scott & White – Irving
  • Baylor Health Center at Irving Coppell
  • Baylor McKinney
  • The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano
  • Baylor Scott & White – Waxahachie

For more information on this program, please contact program coordinator Linda Marler at 214.536.3151,