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Pet Therapy

Pet Therapy

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Learn About Pet Therapy

Learn to understand the role animals and pets can play in helping people improve their mental and physical health with pet-association therapy.

The idea of using pet therapy to comfort and be a caring companion to humans is not new. This notion has been around for a long time. Pets form an integral part of many homes. In the main, they tend to add to the social structure of family life. Their friendly, welcoming, and loyal nature is an added bonus in contributing to the well-being of the home.

Pets can be entertaining, funny, and loyal and not requiring much in return. Their contribution in helping to reduce stress and stimulate communication between humans and animals cannot be undervalued.

Pet therapy is incorporated into many situations. Here are a few samples:

  • Guide dogs – outstanding example – they help visually and hear
  • ing impaired people
  • Horse riding for the disabled
  • Pets in hospitals
  • Pets in the office or workplace
  • Friend and Companion animals for the aged
  • Assist with psychological issues

This course will help you to understand the benefits of pet therapy and how the interaction between humans and pets, can contribute to society’s psychological well-being.

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There are 8 lessons:

1.Scope and Nature of Pet Therapy

  • Introduction to Pet Therapy
  • Animal and Human Relationships
  • Animal Assisted Therapy
  • Animal Assisted Activities
  • Animals Used in Pet Therapy
  • Scientific Research Supporting Pet Therapy
  • Tension and Stress
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Touch, Affection and Compansionship
  • Immune System Reponse and Pain Control
  • Cancer Patients, Palliative Care and Heart Disease
  • Healthier Lifestyles, Structure and Routine
  • Benefits for Older People
  • Pet Therapy and Children
  • Negative Effects of Pet Therapy on People
  • Negative Impacts on Pets and Animals
  • Cultural Differences

2.  Mental Health and Physical Assistance

  • Pet Therapy Research and Mental Health Conditions Introduction
  • Agitation and Cognitive Impairments
  • Depression
  • Schizophrenia
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Stress
  • Human-Animal Interactions
  • Bonding
  • Warning and Protection
  • Transport and Carriage
  • Working Animals

3.  Working with animals

  • Introduction to working animals.
  • Factors for Consideration
  • Human Safety
  • Client Possessive Behaviour and Bonding
  • Animal Health and Welfare
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Resources and Legalities
  • Animal Species
  • Large, Medium and Small Animals
  • Suitability to the Client
  • Therapy Settings
  • Preparing Clients and Animals for a Session

4.  Applications for people with mental health conditions

  • Mental Health Conditions
  • Mood Disoders
  • Anxiety
  • Social Phobias
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Austism Spectrum Disorder
  • Austism Assistance Dogs
  • The Stress Response
  • Panic Attacks
  • Other Animal Contributions to Mental Wellbeing (Pleasure, Motivation and Exercise)

5. Applications for people with disabilities

  • Benefits of a Pet Therapy Program for People with Disabilities
  • Service Assistance Animals
  • Guide Dogs
  • Hearing Dogs
  • Seizure Alert Dogs
  • Diabetic Alert Dogs
  • Allergy Detection Dogs
  • Mobility Assistance Dogs
  • Physiotherapy Assistance Dogs
  • Pet Therapy Dogs Summary

6.  Applications for Children

  • Pet Therapy and Children Introduction
  • Difficulties of Pet Therapy with Children
  • Developing Empathy
  • The Benefits of Pet Therapy for Children
  • Children with ADHD
  • Children with Autism

7.  Applications for Older People

  • Introduction
  • Specific Applications of Therapy for Elderly
  • Grief and Loss
  • Physical Activity
  • Stress, Blood Pressure and Anxiety
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • When The Owner Can No Longer Care for the Animal

8.  Establishing a Pet Therapy Service

  • Pet Therapy as a Business
  • Planning Your Pet Therapy Service
  • Which Animal is Most Suitable
  • Client Group
  • Timeline
  • Marketing Your Services
  • Data Protection and Privacy
  • Veterinarians
  • Other Services
  • Free or Paid For Services
  • Insurance
  • Business Plan
  • Buying an Existing Business
  • Animal Welfare Considerations
  • Remaining Competitive

Please Note:  Each lesson culminates in an assignment, marked by your tutor and returned with relevant suggestions, comments, and extra reading, where required.

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