CANINE-INTEGRATED THERAPEUTIC PROGRAMS: OVERVIEW

 

 


The Therapeutic Application of Assistance Dog Training

 

Giving Retriever provides a Canine-Integrated Therapy curriculum that employs the use of Assistance Dog training as a means of facilitating goal-based treatment interventions for individuals experiencing physical, social, emotional, cognitive and communicative functioning and development challenges.

 

The program transforms the “simple” act of training a dog into a unique opportunity to learn and rehearse the skills necessary to achieve: emotional regulation, frustration tolerance, bonding-relationship building, anticipation, timing, synchronicity, and success while receiving direct immediate feedback and reinforcement from a non-judgmental, unconditionally accepting and forgiving audience: a dog.

 

Therapy sessions are facilitated by a Canine-Integrated Therapy Provider and a Licensed Clinician, Therapist, or Educator who work collaboratively to measure a participant’s progression of skills in areas of: non-verbal communication; verbal communication; interpersonal interactions; problem-solving and planning.  Together, they ensure that each participant receives the maximum therapeutic benefit from every session.

 

The outcome of this therapy is directly related to its intrinsically motivating nature. Intrigue, excitement, fulfillment and the desire to be part of the dog’s success in training creates a conduit for self-discovery, personal development and enrichment.

 

Participants are grouped based upon their established therapy goals, physical ability and developmental age.  Pre-school, Kindergarten, Elementary, Teenage/Adolescent, Adult and Senior populations will benefit from participation.

 

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