In our kennel. we even have two dogs with a professional Helppes certificate, entitling them to work as professional canine therapist. They have a great character and a very balanced character. One of them is a male Barnet Abraska and the second one is a female Artemis Barcai Fine. Both regularly visit homes for the elderly, alzhaimer centers, kindergartens or help with individual therapy for children with any handicaps.

About canistherapy

Canistherapy, or dog therapy, is used as a healing therapy for body and soul. Canis means dog in Latin. Therapy is a set of measures to influence treatment.

In breeding there are many individuals who are hyperactive, but there are as well calmers and cuddlers. With the right leading and socialization, this breed is great for canistherapy.

In order to select a dog for canistherapy, the innate nature and talents of the individual should be monitored in particular. The white of the fur looks friendly, the brown eyes are kind, and the dog's overall expression is sympathetic. These dogs literally perceive the needs of their owner and prove their empathy on a daily basis.

How does canistherapy help?

  • develops coarse and fine motoring
  • encourages both verbal and non-verbal communication
  • develops orientation in space and time
  • helps with concentration and memory training
  • develops social feeling, knowledge and an emotions
  • acts in motor development with rehabilitation work attribute in positioning and relaxation
  • dogs also encourage play and exercise
  • have a big effect on the psyche and contribute to mental balance

What can canistherapy work be focused on?

  • to develop emotional capacity (petting, cuddling, communication with the dog)
  • to develop intellectual skills (targeted play, vocabulary expansion)
  • to develop mobility skills (fine and coarse motor skills, ball tossing..)
  • relaxation (impact on mental balance and well-being)

Next, canisterapy is divided by focus

  • dog-aided activities
  • therapy using a dog
  • education with the help of a dog (nursery schools, old people's homes, etc.)

10 rules of a good canine therapist

(or what a proper canisterapeut should do)
  • Before entering the facility, the dog is clean (fur, paws) and groomed (in case of inclement weather we always carry a cloth, towel to wipe) = hygiene of the dog
  • The dog is comprehensively revaccinated each year (parvoviroza, leptospiroza, psinka, rabies, etc.) and de-wormed at least twice a year (with proof of vaccination card) — only a healthy dog can work
  • Canistherapist is rearranged in the facility, is always clean-dressed, customized
  • The dog always has a bowl of water at the facility
  • Recommendation: Conclusion of a written contract with the facility (date, time of visit,…). Mutual agreement matters
  • In the establishment: a valid Certificate of Canisterapeutic Team, a Dog Vaccination Card, shall be produced prior to the first visit. CT team is tagged - dog handler with a T-shirt and dog with a vest
  • A canistherapist only works with a dog if the dog and dog handler are in optimal physical and mental condition
  • Canisterapist never stays alone with a client while working. We insist on the presence of responsible staff and heed their instructions
  • Canisterapeut does not leave the dog with the client or the staff alone (the dog handler is responsible for his dog)
  • If the dog shows signs of fatigue, works reluctantly (he is nervous, volatile) canisterapy is terminated immediately and given space to rest, recover strength, run in a safe place,... (dog recovers strength after therapy)

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