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Animal Assisted Therapy

Animal Assisted Therapy

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Published by Anca Oana
The effect of animal assisted therapy in counselling.
The effect of animal assisted therapy in counselling.

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American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Test

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TDI Testing Requirements

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Delta Society Pet Partners Evaluation

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Pet Partners Aptitude Test

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Pet Partners Skills Test

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Tuskegee Behavior Test

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ANIMAL ASSISTED THERAPY IN COUNSELING

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“The best thing about animals is that they don’t talk much.”

— Thornton Wilder

An animal must successfully complete a standardized evaluation before working in a
therapy setting. Dogs and cats must be at least 1 year old before they can be evalu-
ated. Other species can be evaluated once they reach maturity, whatever age that
may be for that animal. There is more than one model for evaluating the fitness of a
pet for therapy work. Four well-known models are reviewed here. These models can
be adapted to apply to most species; however, for standardized evaluation of a horse
for therapy I refer you to the organizations NARHA (2003) and EAGALA (2003); con-
tact information is provided in the reference section at the end of the book.

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