Ricky Davis

Meet Ricky, our newest member of the CHHS counseling department! Ricky and Mrs. Davis, our student advocate, are a registered animal therapy team certified through the National Service Animal Registry. Ricky has been trained to work as a therapy dog at CHHS, as well as nursing homes, hospitals, early childhood centers, and college campuses. Ricky is a 3-year-old beagle
 that enjoys hugs, treats, going on walks, playing with his human brother, fetching tennis balls, and destroying flower pots.

Animal Assisted Activities are based on the animal-human connection in which the presence of an animal in counseling significantly increases the impact of the counseling session. Some of the benefits of having an animal to assist with students are:

- Lowers anxiety and stress levels

- Development of social and personal skills

- Development of calming strategies and coping skills

- Development of positive human-animal interaction

- Stimulates a sense of community and compassion

- Decreases the sense of isolation and depression

- Encourages exercise