Posts Tagged "Animal Assisted Play Therapy®"

Animals Speak! Light Messages for Kids During the Pandemic. Issue #4

Posted by on Mar 26, 2020

A child-friendly project of the International Institute for Animal Assisted Play Therapy® to help kids of all ages understand aspects of the pandemic and to give some ideas for fun and coping. Each Animals Speak! blogpost includes a few videos of “talking” animals sharing their thoughts and ideas.

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Animals Speak! Light Messages for Kids During the Pandemic. Issue#1

Posted by on Mar 18, 2020

A kid-friendly project of the International Institute for Animal Assisted Play Therapy® to help kids of all ages understand aspects of the pandemic and to give some ideas for fun and coping. Each Animals Speak! blogpost will include a few videos of animals sharing their thoughts and ideas.

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What Do We Really Know? Observation and Interpretation with Our Animal Friends

Posted by on Mar 13, 2020

We often draw conclusions about how our animals are feeling or what they are thinking. Sometimes we are right and sometimes we are wrong. The scads of videos of “guilty dogs” don’t really have it right. Most of the dogs in these videos are more likely to be anxious and stressed, responding to their humans’ tone of voice rather than experiencing actual guilt. This blog discusses ways in which we can be clearer about what our animals are experiencing and notes how there are different degrees of certainty about our conclusions.

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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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