What Dog Whistles Do To Your Pal

Dog whistles have been up for debate for their animal humaneness for years, but they’re not necessarily bad for them. They have to be used properly, and in small bursts. It’s the same as having a loud sound unexpectedly blare next to you, and while that won’t necessarily cause harm, it’s a wake-up call. Here’s what you need to know […] Continue Reading

Why You Should Never Use A Shock Collar

Electric shock collars are another convenience of the 21st century, and many believe they’re inhumane. It’s up to you to interpret, but there are more reasons than the protection of animal rights to not buy a shock collar. Let’s get into them. It Damages Your Bond You don’t have a canine companion for the sole purpose of having one. They’re […] Continue Reading

Your Behaviour Encourages Your Dog

Ever notice that puppy gets all over-excited at certain times? Perhaps they get anxious when you’re feeling down? It’s not a sheer coincidence; it’s all to do with how their master (you) behave on a regular basis, or under pressured situations. He’s your little guy, your companion; he wants to feel what you’re feeling, and looks to you for guidance. […] Continue Reading

Alternative therapies for your dog; Yes or No?

Caring for your dog’s health is very important and requires full attention. Starting from a healthy diet and vaccines to needed medication in case of any illness, you have to be responsible. Although medicine and veterinary medicine are highly developed, some owners avoid exposing their dogs to therapies that require consumption of drugs. Today, both the man and the dogs […] Continue Reading

More of the Human-Animal Bond in a Therapeutic Intervention

Applying the Human Animal Bond in a Therapeutic Intervention Part 6 The findings of Martin and Farnum’s study reflect previous research, suggesting that animals can encourage the growth of desired communication skills. However, it remains unknown whether the changes were as a result of the dog itself or whether they were due to the combination of all three conditions (live […] Continue Reading

Applying the Human-Animal Bond in a Therapeutic Intervention

Human – Animal Bond Part 5 In the nineteenth-century, experiments in animal-assisted institutional care were successful. However, despite the success, the onset of scientific medicine largely eliminated animals from hospital settings by the early decades of the twentieth century (Allderidge, 1991). Over the past twenty years, despite the historical scepticism of the medical establishment, AAT is being acknowledged as having […] Continue Reading

Human – Animal Bond

Occupational Therapy Interventions for Children with Autism Part 4 In order to delve into the significance of AAT, one must first attempt to understand the human-animal bond. It is often assumed that people who have pets are socially inept or that they are trying to replace an important human figure in their life (Walsh 2009). However, this assumption is opposed […] Continue Reading

Occupational Therapy Interventions for Children with Autism

An Introduction to Animal Assisted Therapy – Autism Part 3 There are several techniques used in OT to treat autism, where the sensory integration technique is one which is most commonly used by occupational therapists (Pfeiffer et.al 2011). The treatment is designed to provide controlled sensory experiences so that an adaptive motor response is elicited (Baranek, 2002). There is research […] Continue Reading

Introduction to Animal Assisted Therapy – Autism

An Introduction to Animal Assisted Therapy Part 2 Autism was first recognised by Kanner in 1943 and confirmed by Wing and Gould in 1979 (Volkmar & Pauls 2003). According to the Autism Society of America (2012), autism is a “complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and […] Continue Reading

An Introduction to Animal Assisted Therapy

INTRODUCTION A recent discovery by archaeologists found the remains of a man buried with his dog (Walsh 2009). Throughout the ages pets have been a central part of human life in almost every culture, infusing literature, traditions and customs of both modern and ancient peoples alike. Modern day scientific methods provide us with a way to finally document the impact […] Continue Reading