To speak of lower animals is both arrogant and blasphemous. All traditional peoples have viewed animals as messengers and mediators of the divine which is a lesson we need to relearn … that consciousness takes many forms beyond human. - Larry Dossey, M.D. Healing Beyond the Body
There are now dolphin assisted therapy (DAT) programs operating in Florida and elsewhere. Generally a client swims with dolphins and has on-land lessons. Details vary with the condition being treated. The swims can occur over days to weeks. Dolphin therapy is still at an early stage of development and controlled experiments (where one strives to test single variables while holding all other factors constant) are rare and our understanding still rudimentary. Some results are based on anecdotal evidence. Many factors remain to be sorted out. For example, similar therapy using horses or dogs shows positive results, so what part of the result is unique to the dolphins? There may be placebo effects, where expectations determine results. Understanding all this requires on-going research.