This lecture in canine assisted therapy will discuss uses of canines in therapeutic settings, where it is appropriate, and what considerations should be evaluated regarding efficacy and possible considerations for animal welfare
Animal Assisted Interventions (AAI) is a relatively young field trying to establish a strong evidence based foundation for its work. This talk discuss uses of canines in therapeutic settings, where it is appropriate, and what considerations should be evaluated regarding their use as well as possible considerations for animal welfare as it pertains to therapy animals
Canine assisted therapy- the good, the bad, the unknown
The use of therapy animals dates back as early as 12.000 years ago based on fossil history. Yet, research into the actual benefits and appropriate applications of animal-assisted therapy is relatively new. It is well known that the relationship between dogs and humans has allowed both species not only to live together, but also thrive. The special relationship between dogs and humans makes dogs, as a species, one of the best choices to be effectively used in therapeutic settings.
This talk will cover some of the historical aspects of the dog-human relationship, animal (dog) assisted therapy, how it developed, and what is currently known about the use of dogs in a wide variety of therapeutic settings. It will address current research and the gaps in research surrounding animal assisted therapies. Also addressed will be correct terminology for the wide variety of animal assisted interventions (AAI), including where, why and how they should be used. Lastly, the effect on providers of AAI, both for the handler and the dog, including potential welfare concerns.
Speaker: Patricia Tirrell, CPDT-KA
Available as a recording, OnDemand
Access is for 32 days, but additional time is granted on request.
This seminar will discuss the therapeutic use of dogs:
- Historical review of therapeutic use of animals (dogs)
- Human-Dog bond and the implications for the use of therapy dogs
- The heart of the matter – why we do the work
- Current research and research gaps
- Understanding the impact and different types of AAI
- Animal Welfare – being an advocate for therapy animals