Maintain or improve cognitive, physical, psychological or social potential
Pet therapy can be administered in private one on one sessions or for group therapy. “Zootherapy” uses a carefully selected and trained pet introduced by a qualified practitioner, pets such as “Daisy” (a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel) are given to a patient to elicit reactions and maintain or improve their cognitive, physical, psychological or social potential.
The pet therapy activities are carried out by professionals with training in a field of social sciences, health or education. Zootherapy Quebec offers them additional training in animal behavior. Every day, each practitioner teams up with two dogs and travels to client establishments.
Whether therapeutic or recreational, the activities are flexible and adaptable. They usually form part of an intervention plan prepared beforehand by the school, geriatric care facility or rehabilitation center.