No Ruff Layovers: Appleton Airport Therapy Dogs

Think about the last time you saw a dog. It made you smile, right? Well, Appleton Airport therapy dogs are here to do the same thing.

In March of this year the Fox Valley Humane Association brought their therapy dog program to Appleton Airport for the first time. If you’re a nervous flyer, bored of waiting for the layover to actually be over or just feel like petting a friendly pet, this program is for you!

appleton airport therapy dogs
PHOTO: Soul Reflection Photography – Rebecca Reppert-Klich

Why people love Appleton Airport Therapy Dogs:

There are over 50 dogs in the program, ranging from a tiny toy poodle to a massive Newfoundland dog. For first time travellers, this program is especially effective.

“I had no idea of how many people are frightened by flying,” Deb Lewis, executive director of the humane association, told Post-Crescent News. “They talk to the dogs, but also with the handlers. It takes their mind off their fear and brings down their stress level.”

Another benefit people at the airport have noticed is how the dogs bring people together in a place where it’s normal to keep to yourself.

“They’re changing the dynamic of the airport,” Pat Tracey, marketing manager of Appleton Airport, told Post-Crescent.

appleton airport therapy dogs
PHOTO: Soul Reflection Photography – Rebecca Reppert-Klich
appleton airport therapy dogs
PHOTO: Soul Reflection Photography – Rebecca Reppert-Klich

Why you should pet an Appleton Airport therapy dogs:

There are endless benefits to interacting with therapy dogs. From lowering blood pressure to improving your mood, we could all use a friendly pup to pet at the airport. These dogs are especially trained to give you some of that TLC we often need while traveling – and we’re not going to get it from the TSA.

 

Melina Morry

Associate Editor of Vane Magazine who has a knack for travel style, a love for leopards and is always keen to pack a suitcase and fly to a different part of the world.

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