The Butterfly Among The Dogs  

  Therapy dogs


Katja & Charline

Animals as therapists

Nowadays for many therapeutic measures dogs, horses, camels, dolphins and also llamas are used.

The special of the animals is the body language. She plays an important role for physical, psychic and mental development of handicapped people. The 4-legged friends give them allowance and attention. In addition, they have by her motor activity also supporting influence on the physical development and the play desire.
In old people's homes, kindergartens and disabled person's facilities among other things the contact with dogs is far more than employment.
The touch of the dog helps in the beat of fears and construction of self-esteem, creates trust, concentration and perseverance.
Perception and body coordination are trained by the establishment of contact, the clients must appear to the animal, memory and responsiveness, readiness to learn and motivation, as well as the language are coached.
They prepare us not only joy, but give us love and look stimulative. Thereby they also favour the social contacts. They also motivate people ill from dementia of too spiritual and physical activity, they look reassuring and relaxing.

Epilepsy dogs

... if attacks of her master recognise

"He returns me the freedom and my independence", believes an epileptic. He, this is her dog. "Now without him I could not live here any more."
In Israel, the USA and the Netherlands epilepsy-service dogs, dogs who can predict epileptic attacks with her owners are long ago an approved help to affected persons. However, also in Germany a need exists, in this country, at least, there are 600,000 epileptics.

Why animals are able to do epileptic attacks vorherahnen, is academically booked up to now.
"From the analysis of epileptic attacks one can draw the conclusion that there are in the first phase of the attacks phenomena which would have to be able to recognise living being like a dog absolutely", means of the Epileptologe Prof. Christian Elger, "these are a stiff look or definitely gestures".
In addition can come that patients make definite statements of perfume, "because many attacks also activate the vegetative nervous system what is responsible for the internal organs." Both can lead theoretically with the dog to a key charm.

This is why it makes sense to give the dog some weeks to his future owner. There must also be for the instructor evident changes, before the epileptic attack is there, so that he can make the dog later with the education on it sensitive.
Every dog who is peaceful very much menschenbezogen, and well-behaved, on moods and well-being of his person reacts, can have the potential to the therapy dog.

We have used with our dogs the possibility, they move there with epileptic attacks of our daughter, from the outset with there.
We have used the valuable puppy's time in which the dog is enormously learning-eager because he must acquire the most important abilities and duties for his adult's age also under original circumstances in this time.
If our daughter gets at night an attack, is our Para the "first" and draws the attention by loud barking that it does not go well Katja. She runs to her and licks off them warily. For it it is also promised and recompensed, this is important for them to stimulate her instincts. She is glad gigantically to have reacted properly.

Our Papillons trained from the first minute what they are allowed to do or what and were not prepared by beginning on her future job to bark with Katja's attacks. Earlier we had videosupervised the children's room to hear her attacks, today there react our four-legged friends.

Handicapped dog's accompanying dog, assistance dogs

The most frequent and best known kind of assistance dogs are guide dogs, besides there are, for example, handicapped accompanying dogs, hearing dogs or signal dogs.

Handicapped accompanying dogs are supposed to come too person and without impediments in the everyday life an important help is and support give. The rise of independence and mobility of handicapped, limited people with handicap, is the aim of the application of disabled person's accompanying dogs. Such a „living aid“ is more than bare substitute of customary aid, the dog is an important contribution to more quality of life and active health precaution.
These special qualified four-legged friends make easier to people the life who cannot freely move on account of a physical impediment any more.
Accompanying dogs learn to open doors and close, light switches operate, pockets carry, a hand wheel chair pull, alarm of help in emergencies by releasing a house need call or by barking in public and a lot more.

There are especially qualified dogs for people with different impediments like epileptic, wheel chair driver, deaf, blind people and diabetics.
Even researchers in the USA have found out that especially qualified and coached dogs also cancer of the skin can already recognise by the smell, before the illness becomes visible.

Today many associations offer an education for dogs as an accompanying dog in seminars.
A life-fulfilling job can originate for the person and the dog from a qualitatively high-quality education which many associations offer.

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