Canistherapy | human-animal intervention with the assistance of dogs
It uses the positive effect of the dog on the physical, mental and social well-being of the client. Certified canistherapeutic dog has not only the role of a therapist, but is also a great motivating factor in activities aimed at developing fine or gross motor skills, speech, improving perceptual skills based on sensory stimulation as well as relaxing activities, thus also in positioning the client.
The intent of the human-animal team achieves high results even when working with seniors. Reducing feelings of sadness and loneliness, motivation to move by doing motor activities, improving memory and concentration are the goals in our work with the dog. Our canistherapy team can work in different facilities outside their location and can also visit you at home.
During canistherapy, visual, auditory or tactile perception is stimulated. Canistherapy contributes to the stabilization of blood circulation and also leads to an increase in the level of endorphins, the hormones of happiness. It is used in the field of psychology, special education, speech therapy, neurology, physiotherapy and also for clients with mobility impairment.
Direct contact with animal hair has an effective and progressive impact in reducing muscle hypertonia and limb spasticity, improving their motor skills. Children with autism spectrum disorder are the target group where canistherapy can bring great progress such as strengthening client's social skills (cooperation, communication), improving mood and emotional experience, improving orientation in present situations and places, reducing anxiety and improving the ability to trust.