First UK airport to get permanent team of therapy dogs to calm nervous fliers

A Scottish airport is getting UK’s first permanent therapy dog team to help calm nervous fliers. Therapets will lend a paw to those who are anxious getting on planes at Aberdeen International Airport from this weekend. The travel hub has drafted in a team of four-legged volunteers after a successful trial over the busy Christmas and New Year period. The airport will become the first in the UK to have its very own therapy dog team when the Canine Crew start regular working regularly on Saturday. The dogs are easily identified in their high-vis jackets and bandanas, and will mingle with passengers and staff throughout the terminal.

They are already regular visitors to nursing homes, schools, prisons and universities, but this is the first venture of this scale based in the UK bringing dogs into an airport environment.

The animals have already been helping to improve mental health and wellbeing, alleviate stress and calm nerves, and are now ready to work their magic in their new surroundings. A joint endeavour by Therapet and Canine Concern Scotland, the team of 14 dogs – of various sizes – will be deployed with their handlers on a rota basis. Included in the team are friendly golden retrievers, German shepherds, beagles and a pug, among others.


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