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Birdie Therapy

Benefits of Birdie Therapy:


  • Reduced anxiety, grief and isolation. 

  • Reduced blood pressure, depression, and risk of heart attack or stroke. 

  • Improved willingness to be involved in a therapeutic program or group activity. 

  • Increased trust, empathy and teamwork.

  • Increased self-esteem and ability to care for oneself.

  • Improve social, emotional, or cognitive functioning.

  • Animals can be useful for educational and motivational effectiveness for participants.


There is a strong bond between animals and people. Animals are accepting,

non-threatening and non-judgmental, making it easier for people to open up.  


Because many people enjoy working with animals, animal-assisted therapy can be particularly beneficial for individuals who are resistant to treatment or have difficulty accessing their emotions or expressing themselves in talk therapy.


Touch between a human and Rico can have therapeutic benefits for both species.  In humans, petting an animal can trigger the release of the bonding hormone oxytocin, lowering your heart rate and blood pressure.


Rico is trained to provide affection and comfort to people.  He is not an assistance or service animal.

Rico playing and kissing with a random customer at Soluna.
Terry ignoring Rico while he is loving on her.
Rico loving on Robin during Music Therapy.
Rico getting his armpits scratched by Leslie while kissing Leslie's arm at Petworks.
Rico jumping to Sam's performance at Heartland nursing home.
Rico enjoying a moment with Kevin during Music Therapy.
Rico making someone's day by just eating at Colonial Gardens nursing home.
Rico helping with "Feliz Navidad" at Heartland North nursing home.
Rico making people laugh during a Music Therapy event.
Rico providing Birdie Therapy at Heartland nursing home. 
Rico fetching keys at Pets Barn with Jackie.
Rico and Rocket making people happy at Hair and Company beauty salon. 
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