There are 3 main programmes TOP Dogs are involved with:
1. Animal Assisted Activities (AAA)
2. Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT)
3. Animal Education Programmes
Therapy animals (mainly dogs) make therapeutic visits to hospitals, hospices, retirement homes, frail care centres, group homes and many other places. They bring company, support, comfort, focus, pleasure, stress relief, stimulation, or a distraction from pain or infirmity to those they visit. They provide something to look forward to, and a welcome relief from the normal routine.
ANIMAL ASSISTED ACTIVITIES (AAA)
Therapy animals work one-on-one, along with a health care professional, counsellor or teacher, in a structured rehabilitation, counselling or learning programme that is goal orientated, and documented.
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ANIMAL ASSISTED THERAPY (AAT)
Therapy dogs visits schools and children's organisations to teach about the care and needs of animals. The children also learn ‘bite avoidance’ and interact with friendly, non-threatening dogs. It’s very rewarding, to see a child that was previously frightened of dogs, blossoming, after interacting with our very special animals.
ANIMAL EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES