Pet Therapy Program

At Govani Dental LLC, we want to make your experience with us the best it can be. That’s why we are pleased to promote our canine-assisted therapy program.

Research provides substantial evidence that canines can evoke positive emotions in humans. As a result, organizations working with children and people who live with anxiety use canines to help gain interest and build rapport. It is vital for patients to feel comfortable and connected because this allows doctors and other professionals to positively implement treatment while improving the patient’s overall experience.

As one of the first Oshkosh dentists with pet therapy, we started our program on August 24, 2012, with an AKC-certified Border Terrier named Ruby. Ruby is credentialed and certified with the Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Now that she is middle-aged, Ruby has shown less interest in therapy dog work. Because of that, we have introduced another AKC-certified Border Terrier, Bobby, to training. As Bobby begins his training as a therapy dog, his initial stay at the office will be for socialization. After Bobby’s training is complete, he will be available for use at your request to either sit alongside you during your treatment sessions or accompany you in the treatment room. Both dogs are hypoallergenic.

About Govani Dental Dogs

Ruby has been trained with the Oshkosh Kennel Club and Ideal Dog LLC under the direction of Lynsie Bernier. She has completed many basic and advanced obedience classes, as well as the Canine Good Citizen test. Ruby came to excel at critical thinking and impulse control. She has additional training in agility, beginner sequencing, skill set courses, more advanced courses and barn hunt activities. Ruby successfully passed her test and therapy dog through Therapy Dogs Incorporated, now called Alliance of Therapy Dogs.

Currently, Ruby enjoys working a few days a month with patients, but as she has matured, she has become less interested in therapy work. Ruby is a past member of the Oshkosh Kennel Club and a current member of the American Kennel Club and Alliance of Therapy Dogs.

Bobby has begun his training for potential therapy dog work. He has completed Puppy Pre-School and passed AKC STAR puppy under the direction of Ideal Dog LLC. He is now working on learning impulse control with Candy Janke of Sleepy Creek Pet Lodge. Although very young, Bobby loves to come to the office to socialize. He is at the office four days a week and is excited to meet everyone.

Pet therapy programs are relatively new to the dental industry. Govani Dental, an Oshkosh dentist, is among the first dental practices in Northeast Wisconsin to have one. We’re excited to offer this additional service to help our patients have a comfortable and relaxed experience.

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If you’re interested in becoming a Govani Dental patient, schedule your appointment online or by calling 920-231-1955.

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