Using a therapy dog to alleviate the agitation and desocialization of people with Alzheimer's disease

J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv. 1999 Apr;37(4):16-22.


1. Short-term exposure to a therapy dog can reduce the number of agitation behaviors in institutionalized persons with Alzheimer's disease (AD), particularly during the period of agitation known as sundown syndrome. 2. The presence of a therapy dog can increase socialization behaviors among a group of persons with AD. 3. A therapy dog can be used as an adjunct to other calming interventions for persons with AD.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Affect*
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Alzheimer Disease / nursing
  • Alzheimer Disease / therapy*
  • Animals
  • Dogs*
  • Female
  • Human-Animal Bond*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Socialization*