A therapy dog performs sessions in centres and hospitals, or individually with a dog-assisted intervention technician. During the sessions, the individual's specific capacities are worked on with the dog's participation, in order to energize the exercises and encourage motivation. Because of its appealing appearance, the Australian Cobberdog is very well-received by all users and, since it is hypoallergenic and doesn't lose hair, it is also accepted in most centres and hospitals.
There are 5 types of assistance dogs: guide dogs, service dogs (for people with physical difficulties), hearing dogs (for people with auditory impairment), alert and response dogs (to respond to epileptic attacks and drops in blood sugar) and dogs for children with autism. The Australian Cobberdog is a wonderful assistence dog, since it learns the demanding training programme that assistance dogs must go through very quickly.
A canine therapist is a dog that combines the qualities of a therapy dog with those of an assistance dog. These are dogs that live with families to facilitate daily tasks, in addition to participating in the sessions carried out by the different professionals who treat the person (physiotherapists, psychologists, pedagogues, etc.), in order to motivate the user to carry out the therapy. Considering that they are excellent therapy and assistance dogs, Australian Cobberdogs are the perfect canine therapists.
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