While vacations are something to always look forward to, not everyone enjoys the thrill of an airplane ride. Some people get pretty nervous at the thought of heights; some even get all panicky. Thankfully, nervous flyers are now well-taken care of at this airport, featuring well-trained therapy dogs.
A four-strong pack of therapy pooches just recently joined the ranks of the Southampton International Airport. Their main job is to patrol the terminals every week, helping comfort both young and old passengers to relieve their stress of flying.
The four canines, who came from the Therapy Dogs Nationwide charity (TND), are capable of handling all sorts of humans and are known to be some of the best of their batch. They are trained to be well receptive of touches and knowledgeable of how to handle stress in the workplace.
They would be of significant help in the airport, as the mere petting of a dog can easily reduce blood pressure and slow down heartbeats, making nervous flyers calm down before their flights. The dogs would also be assisting passengers with hidden disabilities.
The Head of Passenger Operations, Simon Young, mentioned that having the pups in the airport will not only help in lightening the mood of the passengers but also their staff. Since therapy dogs are recognized for their utmost contribution to worker efficiency and stress-relieving, Simon and the team are excited to accommodate the pups.
Southampton International Airport decided to include therapy dogs to the team following a similar move from the Aberdeen Airport, which was dubbed as the first-ever in the United Kingdom. The airfield welcomed their 14 canines in May, composed of a pug, a Leonberger, two beagles, two German Shepherds, and three golden retrievers, all known to be top breeds in the therapy dog world.
Although the therapy dogs in Southampton International Airport are set to be a semi-permanent staff, for now, there are hopes that they would become an in-house crew in the future.
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