During this workshop ideas will be shared for how to train dogs to participate in creative activities for each category of animal assisted interventions and for pet play. Animal Assisted Education (AAE) has been an evolving field. Come learn some techniques that help prepare dogs that integrate into education programs, from reading dog work to games with trained dogs that help with literacy goals. Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) includes working canines who pair with licensed therapists and their patients. Learn about how dog activities can assist a variety of therapy settings (occupational, physical, mental health, etc) and how training them for these roles can be developed.
Animal Assisted Specialty Programs (AASP) is the newest category defined by Animal Assisted Interventions International (AAII). Dogs in this field work in goal-oriented programs that incorporate specially selected and trained animals to work in professional fields outside of animal assisted education and therapy or in conjunction with these licensed professionals. Animal Assisted Activities (AAA) incorporate specially selected and trained animals to focus on the motivational, recreational, social, and general well-being of the populations they serve. Get some ideas for activities that are fun for kid camps, pet-visiting at senior facilities and children’s hospitals, and bonding with pets. These can range from teaching a dog to chin rest on someone with pressure to giving “hugs”. Any and all of these above training and activities can also be used by pet owners as part of a comprehensive enrichment program for their own dog.
Animal Assisted Interventions International (AAII) standards and best practices will also be reviewed with emphasis on canine welfare and well-being throughout the suggested activities. Evaluation of a dog’s temperament and preferences as part of their selection process will be reviewed. Recommended breaks, considerations for canine mental well-being and stress management techniques will also be discussed. Training techniques and language that take into consideration the impact on the populations served will also be discussed.