Therapy dogs stationed at UK airport to help nervous flyers

Southampton International Airport has, today, employed some four-legged helpers. The Canine Crew, a pack of therapy dogs from the charity Therapy Dogs Nationwide, were stationed in arrivals as well as departures along with their volunteer handlers. Having trialled the initiative in 2019 on a temporary basis, the furry faced employees will be a semi-permanent setting at the airport and will be on patrol once a week. On a mission to help soothe nervous fliers and passengers with hidden disabilities, the therapy dogs are fully temperament tested and highly experienced in their trade. Commenting on the launch of Canine Crew, Simon Young, Head of Passenger Operations, said: ?Having therapy dogs in our airport will not only benefit our passengers but also our staff. ?Four legged companions are well known for boosting general happiness, wellbeing as well as mood and we are very excited to welcome them to the Southampton Airport family. ?Our sister airport in Aberdeen was the first in the country to trial airport therapy dogs and we are happy to be carrying on that legacy.? Paulette Hockley, Placement Officer at Therapy Dogs Nationwide, added: ?We are very privileged to have passionate volunteers who keep our charity running by taking their own dogs into establishments to give comfort, distraction and stimulation. ?We are looking forward to working with Southampton Airport and sharing the benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy with both passengers and team members?
Southampton International Airport has employed some four-legged helpers (Picture: Therapy Dogs Nationwide)

A UK airport has come up with a fur-proof way to make flights more enjoyable for nervous flyers.

Therapy dogs are being stationed at arrivals and departures at Southampton International Airport to help passengers with hidden disabilities and those with a fear of flying.

The four-legged employees will be a semi-permanent feature at the airport and will be on patrol once a week.

The dogs, from the charity Therapy Dogs Nationwide (TND), are fully temperament tested and experienced in their trade.
Simon Young, Head of Passenger Operations, said: ‘Having therapy dogs in our airport will not only benefit our passengers but also our staff. ‘Four legged companions are well known for boosting general happiness, wellbeing as well as mood and we are very excited to welcome them to the Southampton Airport family.’
Southampton International Airport has, today, employed some four-legged helpers. The Canine Crew, a pack of therapy dogs from the charity Therapy Dogs Nationwide, were stationed in arrivals as well as departures along with their volunteer handlers. Having trialled the initiative in 2019 on a temporary basis, the furry faced employees will be a semi-permanent setting at the airport and will be on patrol once a week. On a mission to help soothe nervous fliers and passengers with hidden disabilities, the therapy dogs are fully temperament tested and highly experienced in their trade. Commenting on the launch of Canine Crew, Simon Young, Head of Passenger Operations, said: ?Having therapy dogs in our airport will not only benefit our passengers but also our staff. ?Four legged companions are well known for boosting general happiness, wellbeing as well as mood and we are very excited to welcome them to the Southampton Airport family. ?Our sister airport in Aberdeen was the first in the country to trial airport therapy dogs and we are happy to be carrying on that legacy.? Paulette Hockley, Placement Officer at Therapy Dogs Nationwide, added: ?We are very privileged to have passionate volunteers who keep our charity running by taking their own dogs into establishments to give comfort, distraction and stimulation. ?We are looking forward to working with Southampton Airport and sharing the benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy with both passengers and team members?
Therapy dogs are being stationed at arrivals and departures at Southampton International Airport t (Picture: Blue Cross)
Southampton International Airport has, today, employed some four-legged helpers. The Canine Crew, a pack of therapy dogs from the charity Therapy Dogs Nationwide, were stationed in arrivals as well as departures along with their volunteer handlers. Having trialled the initiative in 2019 on a temporary basis, the furry faced employees will be a semi-permanent setting at the airport and will be on patrol once a week. On a mission to help soothe nervous fliers and passengers with hidden disabilities, the therapy dogs are fully temperament tested and highly experienced in their trade. Commenting on the launch of Canine Crew, Simon Young, Head of Passenger Operations, said: ?Having therapy dogs in our airport will not only benefit our passengers but also our staff. ?Four legged companions are well known for boosting general happiness, wellbeing as well as mood and we are very excited to welcome them to the Southampton Airport family. ?Our sister airport in Aberdeen was the first in the country to trial airport therapy dogs and we are happy to be carrying on that legacy.? Paulette Hockley, Placement Officer at Therapy Dogs Nationwide, added: ?We are very privileged to have passionate volunteers who keep our charity running by taking their own dogs into establishments to give comfort, distraction and stimulation. ?We are looking forward to working with Southampton Airport and sharing the benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy with both passengers and team members?
They are helping nervous flyers and passengers with disabilities Picture: Therapy Dogs Nationwide)

Aberdeen Airport became the first in the UK to use dogs to help anxious flyers.

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Fourteen dogs, including three golden retrievers, two German Shepherds, two beagles, a Leonberger and a pug, became part of the crew in May last year. Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is becoming increasingly popular with dogs often sent into care home, schools and hospitals.

Therapy dogs are trained to provide affection, comfort and support to people who are socially isolated or suffer mental illness.

Southampton International Airport has, today, employed some four-legged helpers. The Canine Crew, a pack of therapy dogs from the charity Therapy Dogs Nationwide, were stationed in arrivals as well as departures along with their volunteer handlers. Having trialled the initiative in 2019 on a temporary basis, the furry faced employees will be a semi-permanent setting at the airport and will be on patrol once a week. On a mission to help soothe nervous fliers and passengers with hidden disabilities, the therapy dogs are fully temperament tested and highly experienced in their trade. Commenting on the launch of Canine Crew, Simon Young, Head of Passenger Operations, said: ?Having therapy dogs in our airport will not only benefit our passengers but also our staff. ?Four legged companions are well known for boosting general happiness, wellbeing as well as mood and we are very excited to welcome them to the Southampton Airport family. ?Our sister airport in Aberdeen was the first in the country to trial airport therapy dogs and we are happy to be carrying on that legacy.? Paulette Hockley, Placement Officer at Therapy Dogs Nationwide, added: ?We are very privileged to have passionate volunteers who keep our charity running by taking their own dogs into establishments to give comfort, distraction and stimulation. ?We are looking forward to working with Southampton Airport and sharing the benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy with both passengers and team members?
Dogs are known for boosting general happiness, wellbeing as well as mood Picture: Therapy Dogs Nationwide)

The benefits of AAT include improvement in general health and wellbeing, increased confidence, and improved communication skills.

Airport bosses say the mere action of stroking a dog can slow down the heartbeat and reduces blood pressure, making them great for anyone feeling nervous about their journey.

The Launch of Southampton Airport’s Canine Crew coincided with a charity collection for national pet charity, Blue Cross, which has a re-homing centre in West End. Speaking on the partnership, Kirsty Smith, Rehoming Supervisor at Blue Cross Southampton, said: ‘We see every day how incredible pets are and how much of a benefit they bring to our lives; through the joy they bring and often helping alleviate our stress and worry in difficult situations.’

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