Dogs for People
Romanian Strays trained as Pet Therapy Dogs as part of the Big Give Christmas Challenge.
Some young people and children with disabilities can find it easier to communicate with an animal than with a person. FOUR PAWS recognised that animals treat humans the same regardless of any disability and can have a calming therapeutic influence on people they spend time with.
“Dogs for People” - started in 2004 and aims to train rescued strays as therapy dogs to work with children and young people with special needs. This valuable training not only gives the dogs a new life - it also helps support people with specific emotional or physical needs.
How does the project work?
Psychologists have observed that by establishing a strong relationship with the dog, children are able to adapt better to general situations of every day life.
During twice weekly visits and the support of psychologists, the children perform non-failure activities with the dog, for example how to feed or how to reward. By focusing on their duties with the dog, they not only improve their self esteem but can often improve concentration and communication skills.
In return the dogs are rewarded with a new home with their trainer and lots of affection for their hard work.