A school in the western part of Denmark had introduced a new thing. One part of the school consists of students with special needs, their teachers and a dog. The dog is 4-year-old Golden Retriever that belongs to one of the teachers. The dog helps the students when they need to calm down and concentrate. The dog also helps the students when they are sad or feel lonely. Many of the students have never had a best friend and the dog has become their friend. When the students don't feel like going to school they think about the dog. They know that the dog is waiting for them and they don't want to let it down.
In 2010 a group of reseachers initiated a new project. They wanted to find out if dogs had a positive effect on people who suffer from dementia. 500 dogs participate in the project and they visit a number of nursing home around the country. The dogs belong to private owners. Before the dogs become visiting dogs they are examined by a vet and if the dogs are suitable for nursing homes the visit the local nursing home a couple of times per month. The people behind the project believe that the visiting dogs really make a difference. The interaction with the dogs make the residents happy and it improves the quality of their lives.
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