I've never met the dog!
I'd love to see a RCT on this. Just joking. Like other inherently nice things (art, music, the outdoors, yoga, flowers) having a friendly dog in the office would be nice. Not everything that professionals offer has to be studied nor can everything be quantified. I'm pretty sure our family would have been disarmed and calmed by a dog like this. Or a cat. A dolphin?
In any case, nice to see an article on a hospital program I know and respect. Dr. Silber, also in that program, will speak at our conference next week!