Gabriel’s Angels’ volunteer pet therapy teams use "animal assisted activities" to promote improvement in a child’s confidence, compassion, and best behaviors. Animal assisted activities are fun goal-related activities that focus on teaching attachment, self-regulation, affiliation, empathy, tolerance, respect, confidence, and/or humane education through the human-animal bond. Examples of animal assisted activities include children walking a dog on a leash, with the help of the handler, or bringing a pet water and/or rewarding the pet with treats for obeying basic obedience commands. The latter activity allows the child to experience positive control and heightens their self-esteem/confidence when the pet listens and responds. These represent part of the many ways our pet therapy teams interact with the children.