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Goldendoodle offers helping paw to anxious dental patients

When Debbie Zaiger arrived for her hygiene appointment, she was joined in the dental chair by Ollie — an English goldendoodle and calming companion for the patient who hates going to the dentist.

Ollie belongs to hygienist April Kline, who started bringing the pup to work with her last year, thinking he might help comfort nervous patients. About 36% of Americans have dentophobia, and studies have shown petting dogs can be relaxing and reduce stress.

Ollie is fully vaccinated to comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidelines and trained not to lick patients’ faces or go near their mouths. For now, he works about three days a month and receives treats and pampering as payment.

Full Story: The Washington Post

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