Some examples of where we work

A dog is good at calming situations down and establishing contact with a person having difficulties socialising and who is isolated in their home, for example. In that situation, a therapy dog can sometimes help a person to find a way out of social isolation.

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A therapy dog can also help to motivate a person who needs assistance with habilitation or rehabilitation following an injury or illness for example. The therapy dog handler works alongside medical staff, physiotherapists or occupational therapists to create exercise programs for improving motor skills, cognition, communication and so on.

At pre-schools and schools, a therapy dog is happy to help children enjoy reading more and to learn about colours and shapes, planning, movement, teamwork, friendship, calming over-active children, and much more.

For example, a therapy dog can improve the quality of life at a home for people suffering from senile dementia because many people feel happier and calmer when they are close to a dog. Dogs can also lead to increased social interaction between the residents. Some residents feel more motivated to get up and go out when there is a therapy dog visiting them.

Many people are afraid of dogs which can limit their social lives. Through a carefully planned program of treatment, where a therapy dog can eventually be involved, many people who are afraid of dogs can overcome their fear and enjoy an enhanced social life.

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Members of
SVTH (Scandinavian Care and Therapy Dog Association)

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