Neurological Study Reveals Powerful Effect Petting Dogs Has On Brain

Petting a pooch sure feels nice, but did you know that petting a dog causes increased prefrontal brain activity? A new study by a team of scientists published at PLOS sheds some light on how interacting with our canine friends affects our brains.

Native American Indian Dog

The Native American Indian Dog is an attractive breed with a wild appearance very similar to their ancestors. These dogs can grow to be fairly large.


Cute and cuddly, the Maltipoo is an affectionate hybrid breed dog. He is friendly and outgoing, believing that everyone in the world is his best friend.

Central Asian Shepherd Dog

The Central Asian Shepherd Dog is a large and powerfully built dog. Its legs are well-boned and muscular. Its back is broad and powerful, and head large.


The adorable Docker makes a great pet for seniors or families with older children. This designer dog is a cross between Cocker Spaniel and the Dachshund.

How Pets Help With Depression

Depression is a terrible illness that can affect anyone at any time of their life. If you suffer from depression, here's why you should turn to your pet for some TLC.

Study Shows Adopting a Pet Could Help With Depression Symptoms

A small-scale study by Portuguese scientists revealed that becoming a pet owner could significantly relieve symptoms of people with severe depression.

This Adorable Pooch Makes Sure You’re Not Afraid of the Dentist

Meet Atkins, a beautiful Lab girl whose job is to take your fear of the dentist away- her dutties include hanging out in your lap and being cute.

Therapy Dogs Lend a Helping Paw to Cancer Patients and Hospital Staff

A recent research reveals that cancer surgery patients and hospital staff could have a lot to gain from including therapy dogs in their routine.

Want Your Pet to Be a Therapy Animal? Here’s What It Takes to Be Leg

To obtain the certificate, you'll have to put your pooch through rigorous training and go through a handler course yourself.

The Sweetest Way to Celebrate National Therapy Animal Day- It’s A Pi

For the fourth year in a row, people rally to give thanks and show their appreciation for the amazing work therapy animals do every day.

Therapy Dogs Welcome Staff and Students Back After Parkland Shooting

The survivors of the horrific massacre at a Florida high school returned back to class, and a loving group of furry friends welcomed them back.

Study: Are Therapy Dogs Under Too Much Stress?

There is no doubt that therapy dogs do a great service to people in need, but does it take a toll on them? Here's what researchers say about the subject.

How Dogs Can Help Prevent Suicide

The winter months often lead to increased depression and thoughts of suicide. Dogs offer a unique form of furry therapy that helps get you out of your head.

‘Shelter to Service’ Helps Save Veterans, One Dog at a Time

The American Humane celebrates its first graduating class of service dogs trained to bond with veterans and their families.

We Have the Finalists of the 2017 American Humane Hero Dog Awards!

These brave dogs have been voted as this year's doggy heroes for these prestigious awards. Now's your chance to pick the overall 2017 winner!

Shelter Spotlight: Dharma Rescue

What a brilliant idea! Dharma Rescue saves dogs from overcrowded shelters and trains them for a new life working as therapy animals.

Shelter Spotlight: National Service Dogs

With a lofty vision of becoming Canada's premiere service dog provider, National Service Dogs believes in the life-changing power of Certified Service Dogs.

WWII Veteran Fights for Patriot PAWS With GoFundMe Campaign on 100th B

World War II veteran Sergeant Nick Nichols wants something special for his 100th birthday. The only gift he wants is to raise funds for Patriot PAWS.

American Red Cross Pet Therapy Dogs Visit the Navy

Some furry, four-legged visitors are making the rounds at the Naval Health Clinic in Charleston, South Carolina, thanks to the American Red Cross.

Therapy Dogs Help Children With Autism More Than We Thought

Research from a Texas Tech University study show that therapy dogs may be even more beneficial to children on the autistic spectrum than previously thought.

Therapy Dogs Land at Dallas Fort Worth Airport

Are you planning on heading to Texas? Trained therapy dogs at Dallas's Dallas/Fort Worth Airport are hoping to help ease some of the stress of flying!

Can Therapy Dogs Affect Echocardiogram Results?

We know what effect dogs have on our how our hearts feel, but now Duke University's School of Medicine how service dogs make hearts look.

Can Therapy Dogs Help Lower Medication for Pre-Op Kids?

The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine to study the effects of animal therapy with children about to undergo surgery.

Subaru Canada Teams Up With St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program

Evidence is mounting as to the therapeutic benefits that dogs bring to humans. And Subaru Canada wants to bring specially trained dogs to more people.

HABRI Study Finds Dogs De-Stress Families With Autistic Children

Even more proof that dogs do so much for people. Therapy animals are beneficial to the entire family, long-term study suggests.

Students Can Now De-Stress at Brilliant MIT Puppy Lab

With May being National Mental Health Awareness Month, the MIT Puppy Lab program is right on schedule to relieve high levels of student stress.

Kids Who Have a Ruff Time Reading Find Attentive Listeners in Dogs

Putting the fun in fundamental - programs that pair kids who need help reading with dogs that have an ear to lend are gaining momentum around the country.

Connecticut Retrial Could Mean the End of Courthouse Dogs

The Appellate Court is looking to overturn a sentence, based on the use of a therapy dog for a young witness. Does this signal the end of courthouse dogs?

How to Find a Reputable Service Dog Training Program

We've seen a growing crop of scammy organizations offering "Service Dog Certification." If you have legitimate need for a service dog, do it the right way.

Top 10 Dogs That Help Fight Depression

Whether you’re feeling down or fighting depression, dogs are wonderful support systems when you’re at your lowest. As pet parents, we know first-hand the comf…

Inspiring Children’s Book Honors Sandy Hook Victim And Therapy Dogs

Celebrating a little girl's love of animals, "Good Dogs, Great Listeners" introduces children to therapy dogs while helping to foster a love for reading.

Why Courthouse Dogs Are Crucial To Our Justice System

Making their way into courts around the country, courthouse dogs are specially trained therapy canines that help witnesses and victims take the stand.

Top Dogs Honored With AKC Humane Fund Awards For Canine Excellence

When it comes to going above and beyond, these five heroic dogs came to the rescue. Congrats to the AKC ACE dogs who saved, protected or enriched our lives,

Why Isn’t Service Dog Fraud Against The Law?

Fake service dog certifications cause problems for real working dogs. There's a law in the works to close in on this scammy trend - and you can help.

September Is National Service Dog Month

National Service Dog Month shines a spotlight on all the wonderful ways these specially trained dogs help make our lives better. How will you celebrate?