Providing Real Training for Real Dogs for Real Life
A 501(c)3 California Corporation
The Mission of Blue Line Dogs is to recruit, train and deploy Therapy Dog teams for the benefit of First Responders. We also educate First Responders and the Public as to the need for and the importance of, the use, training and laws in the use of Therapy Dog teams in Wellness Programs.
We raise funds for the procurement, training, maintenance and support of selected volunteer dog teams involved in the deployment of these specialty dogs by various activities including offering training classes, advice and direction for canine programs, public education and the sales of morale merchandise.
In the context of these general purposes, this is accomplished through, but shall not be limited to, outreach, donations, education, advocacy and grants.
Persons in crisis often shut down emotionally and stop thinking clearly.
The presence of a dog, and especially physical contact with one, can help calm a person, which allows them to think more clearly. They are then in a better position to communicate their needs.
Studies have shown that stress reduces productivity. These studies have also shown that a therapy dog’s loving boost can help increase productivity as the stress diminishes.
Common sense and more than a few studies have proven that spending time with animals produces marked improvements in humans, affecting the physical, mental, emotional and social aspects of their well-being.
Research indicates that interaction with dogs can temporarily affect the release of various neurotransmitters in the brain; levels of oxytocin (linked with bonding) and dopamine (involved in the reward-motivation system) are increased, while cortisol levels (an immunosuppressant associated with stress) are decreased..
Blue Line Dogs partners with Local Law Enforcement, Fire Department and other First Responders via the Therapy Dog Program (TDP) at no cost to the agency.
The Therapy Dog Program (TDP) is designed to reduce stress, provide comfort and affection to persons that may benefit with the presence of a Therapy Dog Team (TDT) without creating a negative impact on the work environment or disruption to operations for the Health, Morale and Welfare of Department personnel
This process is conducted by providing managed canine visits to the workplace during crisis debriefings sessions, or as a pre-emptive measure as part of a wellness program. Providing on-scene crisis interventions, assistance in survival and comfort needs of victims, witnesses or First Responders of stressful, traumatic or other catastrophic situations
The program limitations are based on therapeutic needs of involved persons, tactical considerations, deployment of personnel and feasibility of success of their presence.
FHE Health a healthcare institution that delivers medically integrated personalized treatment for those suffering from Behavioral Health Disorders located in Deerfield Beach, Florida, conducted a nationwide search for their 2023 First Responders Therapy Dog Paws Award.
51 Dogs were nominated including 5 Blue Line Dogs.
51 Dogs, 51 Life-Changing Stories
Those 51 dogs and their handlers and owners’ stories—of help and heroism in communities across America—touched and inspired us. We personally read each of your stories, highlights of which include:
Blue Line Dogs is please to announce that 3 of our dogs were selected as finalist in the First Responders Paws.
Congratulations to Willowbrook, Luca and Gracie !
Blue Line Dogs and specifically Volunteer Therapy Dog Handler Steven Zonis and his Therapy Dog Rudy was recently selected as the Southern California Helpful Honda Hero of the Week.
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Therapy Dog Handler Greer with Therapy Dog Mocha Bean Visiting Officers at Olympic Station