We sat down with Julie Graves, MacIntyre’s Head of Finance to discuss her experience training autism support dogs and the difference interacting with a dog can make to people we support.
Could you introduce yourself?
I’m Julie Graves and I’m Head of Finance at MacIntyre.
You are currently training a dog, Pip, for Jess, who is supported by MacIntyre. How did you get into training dogs?
It started when I was working at a rehabilitation unit as a Support Worker while my son was small. We used to take my young son and the dogs to work with me at the weekends. We quickly saw the difference in the people, especially the dogs were around.
The people loved to watch them work and to just have them to pet, we now know that animals have an amazing effect on humans and just stroking a dog can release endorphins in the brain.