UKs First Airport Therapy Dog Program Has Launched At Aberdeen Airport

The UK’s First Airport Therapy Dog Program has launched at Aberdeen Airport. The program will officially start this Saturday 4 May 2019.

Most of us are familiar with the realities of how stressful an airport can be. For instance, whether it’s long flight delays, getting pulled aside for random screening at security, or just the simple fact you have travel anxiety.

Travel will be a little less stressful upon meeting the Aberdeen Airport, new Caine Crew. Their job is to give out free “pet downs” rather than a dreaded airport “pat downs“.

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Vane spoke exclusively with, Fraser Bain, the Airport Duty Manager at Aberdeen Airport, to learn more about the new program. Fraser shared the excitement with us.

“We are very excited to launch the UK’s first airport therapy dog team. We noticed that many airports in North America had successfully started their own therapy dog programmes and we wanted to bring some of the same dog magic to Scotland! This is about the passenger experience, putting a smile on people’s faces and making their journey through the airport more enjoyable. As well as helping our passengers we also recognise the benefits to the mental health and well-being of our staff.”

The UK’s First Airport Therapy Dog Program Has Launched At Aberdeen Airport

PHOTO: Aberdeen International Airport

The 14 dog Canine Crew consists of the following team members:

• Breagh the Golden Retriever
• Bruno, the German Shepherd
• Grace the Scottish Deerhound

• Enzo the Red Labrador
• Noodle the Beagle
• Tweedie Bear the German Shepherd Dog

• Zosha/Vinnie the Leonberger
• Cullen the Beagle
• Bronte the Golden retriever

• Pax the Utonagan

• Shuna the Lurcher
• Bentley the Golden Retriever
• Luna the Collie
• Doug the Pug

The 14 dogs that make the Canine Crew have varying personalities, but all share the same lovely, calming nature that brings smiles to our passengers’ faces.

You can identify the dogs by the yellow bandanas they wear around their neck. The dog handlers wear blue vests to be easily recognizable in the airport terminals.

Aberdeen Airport Canine Crew upcoming schedule

Currently, there will be two dogs at the airport per week.

  • Saturday 4 May 2019 10am – 12pm
    Breagh & Enzo
  • Friday 10 May 2019 5.30pm – 7.30pm
    Doug & Bronte
  • Thursday 16 May 2019 8am – 10am
    Bruno & Grace
  • Wednesday 22 May 2019 2pm – 4pm
    Noodle & Tweedie Bear
  • Wednesday 29 May 2019 2.30pm – 4.30pm
    Bentley & Luna
  • Monday 3 June 2019 12pm – 2pm
    Vinnie & Shuna
  • Sunday 9 June 2019 2pm – 4pm
    Cullen & Pax

If you see one of the Canine Crew members in the terminal make sure you share pictures on social media using their hashtag #caninecrewabz.

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Cristina Alcivar

Founder and Editor of Vane Airport Magazine. Passionate about everything well-being, love travel, the ocean, and the sun.


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