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Using Dogs To Help Traumatized Children Testify In Court

Dogs have proven they’re not just man’s best friend, because their drive to protect their pack and their calm demeanor can seemingly soothe the troubled mind of any creature.

Zoo animals are often paired up with dogs to make them feel more comfortable in captivity, and therapy dogs have a knack for comforting the sick and lonely, after a bit of training, of course.

A similar regimen is now being used to train Courthouse Dogs- dogs who accompany and comfort witnesses in court so they don't feel so traumatized while facing their attackers.

This form of canine companionship has proven especially effective with young children who have gone through tramatic experiences, and with a little help from dogs we're able to put more violent offenders behind bars.

Read more about the Courthouse Dogs program at Upworthy


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