Aberdeen Aiport Employing Therapy Dogs To Calm Nervous Fliers
The airport is the first in the UK to set such a scheme in place, and has already unveiled its team of adorable dogs who'll be on hand for those who find flying a daunting task.
Aberdeen's plans will kick off this weekend following a successful trial over the busy Christmas and New Year period.
The four-legged colleagues will be working every Saturday for two hours, and you'll easily be able to pick them out from the crowds as they'll wear high-vis jackets.
They will mix with the passengers and airport staff with their handlers, being on paw for anyone who's feeling the nerves ahead of boarding.
Bronte, Bruno, Luna, Pax, Grace, Enzo, Doug, Cullen, Noodle, Tweedie Bear, Zosha, Shuna, Breagh, and Bentley all have plenty of experience as they are regular visitors to a number of nursing homes, schools, prisons and universities to help improve mental health and well-being, as well as soothing nerves and stress.
Therapet and Canine Concern Scotland are behind the project, which uses 14 dogs of all different shapes and sizes.
Breeds include Golden Retrievers, Border Collies, German Shepherds and Beagles, and there is also a pug taking part in the airport's initiative.
Therapet's north-east representative Diane Wood said: "We are delighted to take the lead in this project and have the opportunity to work with the Aberdeen airport.
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"All our dogs - and their owners - have undergone rigorous training and assessment to work in a variety of environments and the dogs are used to being stroked and petted and generally made a fuss of so they will lap up the attention and thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to interact with passengers and staff.
"The mere action of stroking a dog slows down the heartbeat and reduces blood pressure so they will be a great help to anyone feeling nervous about their journey. The dogs will work in pairs, for two hours at a time once a week and we plan to keep everybody updated about what dogs are visiting and when."
Aberdeen airport duty manager Fraser Bain added: "We're excited to be the first airport in the UK to offer this service to passengers. As well as benefiting our visitors, we also recognise the benefit to the mental health and wellbeing of our staff.
"The Canine Crew is made up of a variety of dogs, with a mixture of brilliant traits and personalities and we cannot wait to see the reaction of our passengers."
What an amazing idea!
Featured Image Credit: Aberdeen Airport