By Cynthia K. Chandler
This publication delineates Animal Assisted treatment (AAT) counseling thoughts. Supported by means of case examples, the booklet explains easy methods to decide upon, educate and assessment an animal for remedy paintings. The ebook examines moral issues and threat administration, offers a heritage of AAT, and discusses the most recent empirical learn within the box. the writer additionally comprises instructions for constructing a university-based application for AAT education. pattern varieties for use in screening consumers and recording consultation information are integrated in addition to a sequence of separate illustrations (line drawings of animals) to facilitate the various urged AAT strategies. This ebook is designed to be used in education classes for AAT in counseling and comparable courses (such as social paintings, psychology, and rehabilitation counseling). to this point, there isn't any booklet devoted to educating concepts particular to AAT. This e-book will fill that desire.
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Self-Esteem Enhancement A Pets as Therapy program was initiated in a women’s prison in Australia to train companion dogs for the elderly and individuals with disabilities (Walsh and Mertin, 1994). The prisoners who participated in the program were rated as needing low security and the dogs were kept in an area with this same rating for the dogs’ safety. The women built kennels for the dogs and were responsible for the complete care and training of three dogs each. Training for the women included dog grooming as well as dog obedience and guide dog training.
They are easier and smaller to handle compared to other therapy animals. They often require less care and attention than other therapy animals. Smaller animals are less expensive to purchase and care for. Small animals are especially good for a more subdued or passive approach to therapy. It is practical to have more than one small therapy animal since they take up little space and require less care. Small therapy animals are different from the more common cat or dog and thus very interesting to work with.
Time must be taken to exercise the dog outside so it may relieve itself and stretch its muscles. You must pick up and properly dispose of excrement after a dog relieves itself. Some persons are afraid of dogs. Some facility staff members may be afraid of dogs. Some dogs have the potential to sometimes have behavior problems. Dogs have a shorter life span than humans and must be retired from therapy when age-related ailments create too much discomfort for the dog to get around. Thus a dog that you have relied on as your cotherapist can assist you at most for only about 10 years, or less, depending on the age of the dog when it began and the breed and health of the dog.