ABOUT THE PROJECT
THERAPY DOG TRAINING - EUROPEAN STANDARDS
Project co-financed by the European Union under the Erasmus + Programme.
The aim of the project is to work out the standards of dog therapist training. Creating the European certification system is an innovative and unique project, which may considerably enhance the quality of services, as well as spread and promote the very idea of canine therapy.
Among various types of therapy for the disabled, dog therapy becomes very popular in Europe. Dog assisted activities are deployed also for educational purposes by teachers and in hospitals by doctors. Dogs are also present in prisons and young detention centers, where they support the reserialization process. In spite of a large scope of use of these animals, there are no homogeneous standards concerning dog therapist training or therapy dog’s work.
In each member state – Poland, Germany and Norway, these standards are defined by non-governmental organizations. We can, therefore, notice significant differences not only within each country, but also between them. The standardization of therapists’ work and dog training seem to be essential for efficacy and safety of the therapy. A common and clear certification system would have a considerable impact on the professionalization of dog therapist work.