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News of show business:the Choice of animal depends on the therapeutic objectives and the treatment plan of a particular person.

Canistherapy is a method of treatment and rehabilitation with the participation of specially selected and trained dogs, and is a kind of pet-therapy, which is widely used in medical and social rehabilitation. This therapy helps to recover faster, and also copes well with mental disorders.

Most often in pet-therapy involving dogs and cats. However, fish, Guinea pigs, horses and other animals that meet the selection criteria can also be involved. Choice of animal depends on the therapeutic objectives and the treatment plan of a particular person.


The benefits of canine therapy

This treatment is based on the relation between humans and animals that has existed for many centuries . Interaction with a friendly pet helps to cope with physical and psychological problems, lowers blood pressure and improves overall cardiovascular health. During canistherapy a large amount of endorphins which have a calming effect, which leads to pain relief, to reduce stress and improve overall psychological condition.

Canistherapy can be used to improve a number of conditions. An important part of therapy is determining goals and tracking your progress, which is essential for structuring the therapy session.

Canistherapy can be carried out to achieve the following objectives:

Improving motor skills
Improvement of motor abilities
Increase self-esteem
Improving verbal communication
The development of social skills
Development of readiness to participate in events
Improving interaction with people and animals

Other benefits of canine therapy:

Makes people happier, eliminates depression, causing a positive look at the world
Relieves feelings of loneliness and isolation
Relieves boredom or sadness
Gets rid of anxiety
Helps children learn the skills of empathy and education.


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Patients, a long time in the Department of a hospital
People with chronic heart failure
Veterans with PTSD
Children with physical or psychological problems
Victims of stroke and people who undergo the procedure for the recovery of motor skills
People with mental disorders
The presence of the pet during unpleasant or painful medical procedure helps to cope with anxiety. And people undergoing rehabilitation, and faster recovery if there are therapy dog.

In addition, canistherapy is used to treat such diseases:

Emotional and behavioral disorders
Alcoholism and drug addiction
Attachment disorder
Psychological trauma, grief or loss
Alzheimer’s Disease


Canistherapy main risks associated with safety and sanitary standards. People who are allergic to animals, you may experience an allergic reaction while interacting with the dog.

Animals that participate in the programs and canistherapy, are tested for behavior and health. The owner of the animal or person performing the practice must train your dog. Because animals can also suffer injuries or improper treatment.

In some cases, people are so attached to animals that don’t want to leave after a session or expressing a desire to become the owner of the dog. Failure in such cases could lead to low self-esteem and depression.


To implement best therapy dog in the presence of the attending physician of the patient. Canisterapie, which is often a pet owner brings the animal to every meeting and conducts the sessions under the guidance of your physician. In most cases, canisterapie are volunteers. To ensure the safety of the person receiving treatment, and a pet, it is necessary to discuss rules for the treatment of a dog.

The first step in canistherapy is choosing the right breed. For example, for children with deviant behavior, psychological disabilities or with limited means are often used Northern sled dogs — Malamutes, huskies, Samoyeds, kinoki, Taimyr and Chukotka sled dogs.

Before the dog and canisterapie will be able to participate in therapy, performed a number of procedures that typically includes:

Physical examination of the animal, checking vaccinations
A training course in obedience to ensure proper control
Training course for training of canisterapie patient engagement
Assessment of the nature and behavior of the animal
Certification from sponsoring organization


In Ukraine canistherapy developing. Mainly she engaged enthusiasts handlers. However, there are several centres where such therapy is still practiced.

Center of psychology “I+Family”, which is located in Kiev on the street Heroes of Stalingrad, 48-A, was one of the first who started to apply the therapy dog. In the centre of handlers and therapists working together to develop sets of exercises for children with different needs.

Kiev cynological center “Lemon” is canistherapy for more than six years, provides an opportunity for children to engage with their specialists. Sessions are held in Kiev and the region.

Special attention is given non-profit canadian-Ukrainian program called “Friend of hero”, in which a specially trained dog therapists visit hospitals (military and civil) and rehabilitation centers in Kyiv and Zhytomyr regions to conduct therapy sessions with veterans of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the Ukrainian volunteer battalions, as well as children who suffered during the hostilities.

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