The human-animal bond improves quality of life Words by Rachael Lorenz, Senior Mental Health Clinician at Bridges There are demonstrated social, emotional, and physiological benefits of positive interaction between people and therapy animals; this is the topic of my passion, and thesis for my Master of clinical psychology. I am always happy to talk about this topic to anyone who wants to know more or is just interested. A bit about Togo My beautiful poodle Togo is a 1-year old puppy who is a therapy dog in training. For those who are unfamiliar, a therapy dog is a dog who is trained to provide affection, and support to people. Whilst most common in hospitals, offices, and nursing homes, Togo joins the Bridges team in the Fraser Coast! Togo has started his journey to becoming a fully qualified therapy dog, offering a non-judgemental ear to those in need of some love and understanding. The love is quite a natural, soothing love. It's quite one way, you don't have to give back, you just receive - you keep receiving love. Why Poodles make excellent therapy dogs Togo is a miniature poodle. Poodles are among the smartest dog breeds. Their intelligence and eagerness to please make them great service dogs. Poodles are also employed as guide dogs, assistance dogs for people with other physical disabilities, and therapy dogs. The Poodle is a popular hypoallergenic dog breed, known for its loyal nature and high intelligence. Keep in touch For more on Togo’s adventures and meaningful work throughout the Fraser Coast region, keep up to date with Bridges on Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube!