Activities of Canistherapeutic Training organisation Hafík

Canistherapy is carried out in a form of one-off or year-long activities.

During one-off activities or activities with dogs, in particular children in schools or recondition stays are being visited. We choose the program according to a target group and the program is focused mainly on a support of children’s positive relationship to dogs, relaxation or as an illustration of canistherapy for children whose healthy development can be supported by canistherapy.

Year-long activities provided in schools and social-care institutions (seniors’ homes, special schools, nursery schools...) allow long-term dog’s impact on a human. Canistherapy is practised in regular intervals in a group or individual form.

Weekend recondition stays allow practising of intensive canistherapy with children for several days. Mainly repeated stays of children have proved as very positive.

Preparation and implementation of training of volunteers with dog/s is provided in a form of 5-days-long training finished by canistherapeutic exams. Volunteers with dogs that passed in all the training areas get a certificate that authorizes the team to practise canistherapy on proffesional level.

Since spring 2009, Hafík practises both cat-assisted therapy and dog-caused injuries prevention, too.

Cat-assisted therapy – since spring 2009, Centre of Zoorehabilitation and Canistherapeutic Association Hafík practise a cat-assisted therapy as well. It’s a therapeutic contact of a human and a cat that should result in mutual positive effect. Here the target group comprises seniors living in institution.

Prevention and education of responsible human-dog relationship: There is an increasing amount of conflicts between children and dogs that media very often inform of. On the basis of this fact, Centre of Zoorehabilitations and Canistherapeutic Association Hafík initiated practising of a preventive program and activities helping to reduce dangerous factors in a relationship between a child and a dog. One of the most important activities of this program is an education of correct communication (both verbal and non-verbal) that comprises explaining of mutual differences in communication signals of the human and the dog, threatening gestures and postures and basic communication rules of safe approach and contact with the dog.

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