Last Friday, the first open canister therapy or dog therapy session took place in Vērmane Garden, where psychologists and canine therapy experts told about the effectiveness and benefits of this type of therapy, as well as certified trainers with dogs specially trained for this purpose gave children a demonstration of canister therapy.
The first open canister therapy class took place in Riga
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The aim of the event was to invite everyone to take part in the charity campaign “Give children warmth!”, During which funds will be raised throughout May to give children from Latvian SOS villages the opportunity to receive canine therapy classes.
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The first open canister therapy class took place in Riga
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Canister therapy (therapy with specially trained dogs) is a form of physical and psychological rehabilitation. The effect of therapy is achieved by the patient performing tasks and exercises of various complexity together with the dog, training motor skills and speech development. Self-confidence and initiative are also trained, communication skills and the ability to take care of a living creature are developed. Working with an animal creates positive emotions and these skills are trained unnoticed. Therapists have noticed that animals feel what humans need and provide it.
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“In today’s society, we forget to respect others, show empathy in our daily hurry. Dogs are the ones from whom we can learn these qualities and who teach them to our children – to make friends, to share, to give to each other without asking for anything in return. Canine therapy makes a great contribution , but the animal in the family also has an invaluable role in the development of children, “says family psychotherapist Aina Poiša.
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“We are happy about this campaign, during which, when buying food for their pets, everyone can do a good job at the same time – help children growing up in SOS children’s village families to meet therapists. Many of the children growing up in SOS families have had a traumatic early childhood experience. , so they need special support and help to be able to recover, overcome anxiety and develop successfully.Of course, they are cared for and taken care of by SOS parents every day, but there are situations where only special therapies can help and canine therapy is a very good method at work with children, “says Ilze Paleja, director of the Latvian SOS Children ‘s Villages Association.
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“Canine therapy is used in a wide range of diagnoses – autism, physical and mental retardation, Down syndrome, childhood cerebral palsy, depression and many more. Therapy can also reduce the effects of physical and psychological abuse, communication problems and speech retardation. Fear of dogs also treats with canine therapy, “says canine therapy expert Vladislav Akimova.
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“We have heard a lot about different types of animal therapies. Therapy with dogs in Latvia is new and not yet widely known, but its effectiveness is highly valued in the world. With the help of this campaign we want to show that our own family members – cats and dogs, is able to provide an equivalent effect when training, “says Mindaugas Rupšis, Head of Corporate Relations at Mars Incorporated in the Baltics.
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May will become a pet month in all the Baltic States, as every purchase of pet food ‘Pedigree’ or ‘Whiskas’ in all store chains will help the children of SOS Children’s Villages to meet dog-therapists in canine therapy classes. From 1 to 31 May, with the purchase of any ‘Whiskas’ or ‘Pedigree’ animal feed, 3% of the value of each product purchased will be donated to provide animal therapy for children growing up in the families of SOS Children’s Villages.

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