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Therapeutic Pups Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is animal-assisted therapy different from animal-assisted activities? Does Therapeutic Pups offer both?
  • Is Children’s National using animal-assisted therapy with other patient groups or only with adolescents with eating disorders? Are there other animal-assisted therapies or animal-assisted activities programs at Children’s National?
  • Has animal-assisted therapy been used with adolescent inpatients with eating disorders or only with outpatients?
  • How did Therapeutic Pups choose what breed of dog to use?
  • How has the use of animal-assisted therapy been received by adolescent patients with eating disorders and by their parents?
  • What is Murphy's background?
  • Do you accept donations?