Our programs are rooted in the human-canine bond and dedicated to helping individuals grow in mind, body and spirit through the unconditional love and acceptance only a dog can provide.
The bond between humans and dogs is nothing less than extraordinary. It begins the moment our eyes meet, and never stops growing. Anyone who has ever shared their life with a dog knows they love unconditionally.
Bonding is a key element in the healing power of dogs. Whether the dog is bonding with you, or providing companionship to the lonely, sick, elderly or those facing challenges of any kind. Many more people are realizing the human-animal bond is a way to relieve stress and other emotions. Vast assortments of studies have proven the physical, emotional, and social benefits of canine companionship.
The strongest bonds are those between dog/owner. But dogs are capable of developing bonds with many people.
Researchers are accumulating evidence that bonding with dogs has biological effects, such as elevated levels of the hormone oxytocin. “Oxytocin improves trust, the ability to interpret facial expressions, the overcoming of paranoia and other pro-social effects—the opposite of PTSD symptoms,” says Meg Daley Olmert from Warrior Canine Connection.
Studies have shown that dogs offer emotional and physical benefits to humans. Just making eye contact with a dog can increase levels of the stress reducing hormone, oxytocin.
Do you notice your dog making eye contact? Try it next time you’re feeling stressed and see if it helps.
Over the past few years, I can certainly admit that there are certain dogs that can pick up on peoples feeling. I believe that some dogs do have that sixth sense that is able to pick up on human emotions and needs. I would definitely not have said or believed dogs could pick up human emotions and feelings such as happiness, sadness, grief, fear and love a few years ago but I now truly believe there are special dogs that pick up these emotions and feelings through body language cues.
When I came to California with the team to do the video shoots with service members who have sustain TBI’s, I was having struggles with my own military career. I truly believe that Ricochet is an extraordinary special dog that sensed my stresses. I felt my life was upside down, she was able to detect that I was so stressed, anxious, and depressed. Meeting Ricochet when I did was a lifesaver for me. I believe things happen for a reason and I met Ricochet for a special reason. She sensed I needed her, and she made me feel so calm, relaxed, less stressed and very happy. Every time I see or hear, Ricochet’s name there is a big smile on this Soldiers face. She is such a special dog. Ricochet will always have a special place in my heart.
I cannot thank you and Ricochet enough for helping me through a very difficult time.