Aberdeen International Airport in Scotland has launched UK’s first Airport team of therapy dogs, called “The Canine Crew”- to soothe stressed-out passengers.
Already regular visitors to nursing homes, schools, prisons and universities, where they have been proven to help improve mental health and wellbeing, alleviate stress and calm nerves, these dogs will now be visiting the terminal on a regular basis from 4 May. According to the Aberdeen Airport, the team contains fourteen dogs, including three golden retrievers, two German Shepherds, two beagles, a Leonberger and a pug.
This group of cute canines can be easily identified with their high vis jackets and bandanas, as they roam around passengers and staff throughout the airport terminal. I mean, can this get any better?
Therapet is managed by Canine Concern Scotland Trust and will deploy the team of dogs with their handlers on a rota basis. A trustee of the charity and area representative for Aberdeenshire North Therapet, Diane Wood, said, “We are delighted to take the lead in this project and have the opportunity to work with Aberdeen International Airport.”
Therapy dogs introduced at Aberdeen Airport
She also explains that, “All our dogs – and their owners – have undergone rigorous training and assessment to work in a variety of environments and the dogs are used to being stroked and petted and generally made a fuss of so they will lap up the attention and thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to interact with passengers and staff.
“The mere action of stroking a dog slows down the heartbeat and reduces blood pressure so they will be a great help to anyone feeling nervous about their journey. The dogs will work in pairs, for two hours at a time once a week; and we plan to keep everybody updated about what dogs are visiting and when.”
Aberdeen International Airport Duty Manager Fraser Bain said: “We’re excited to be the first airport in the UK to offer this service to passengers. As well as benefitting our visitors, we also recognise the benefit to the mental health and wellbeing of our staff. The Canine Crew is made up of a variety of dogs; with a mixture of brilliant traits and personalities and we cannot wait to see the reaction of our passengers.