Animal welfare

The Animal’s Point of View in Animal Assisted Interventions

Posted by on Jan 22, 2020

Media stories on Animal Assisted Interventions (AAI) seem to be everywhere. They extol the virtues of adding animals to many different types of work, and they highlight the benefits to humans across the lifespan from the presence of animals. Rarely are benefits to the animals mentioned, perhaps because we fail to think about this facet of AAI. Here we discuss how to build awareness of animals’ points of view and the benefits to everyone of doing so.

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Puppies Should Play, Not Work!

Posted by on Jan 2, 2020

Puppies at work! How fun! …Or is it? Nowadays there are many articles and news programs about therapy puppies, often referring to school programs, puppies working full-time, and even rent-a-puppy programs in colleges and for birthday parties. In many cases, the puppies are just 8 or so weeks old, and some of them are being expected to work full-time! Not only are these practices a very bad idea, but dogs can be ruined for any future therapy work if negative things happen during the key periods of emotional development in the puppies’ brains.

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