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March 16, 2017
Tucked away in Spain's Pyrenees mountains, patients at psychiatric facility Benito Menni stretch out...
Elizondo, Spain
The Wider Image: Puppy love: therapy pooches bring peace of mind
Tucked away in Spain's Pyrenees mountains, patients at psychiatric facility Benito Menni stretch out across floor mats and stroke greyhound puppies Atila and Argi. Puppy love is part of the treatment for conditions such as schizophrenia. The facility, based in a town near the border with France, uses the dogs to help patients with intellectual disabilities and mental health conditions develop social skills and a sense of autonomy. Alongside misty views of green rolling mountains, petting sessions with the eight-month-old puppies have a calming effect serving as an emotional outlet for patients who struggle to connect with others.ÊPlaying with those who are more active and sitting still with those who find moving a daily challenge, the dogs tailor their behaviour according to the needs of their patient. REUTERS/Susana Vera SEARCH "GREYHOUNDS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. Matching text: SPAIN-HEALTH/
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