Dogs That Do Good A Dog – Much More Than A Friend
“Dogs That Do Good” is a unique Israeli non-profit organization, which develops, promotes, and encourages Canine Assisted Therapy, catering to special needs populations, with emphasis on children with special needs.
The dog, “Man’s Best Friend”‘ can be that and much more. The bond between human and dog can be life changing for children and adults with special needs: contributing to improvement of daily functioning, and emotional and physical health, promoting their independence at home and outside, enabling their optimal integration in life and society. In Israel, this concept is relatively new, and the field has not yet been thoroughly explored.
The outstanding services of “Dogs That Do Good” lean on a multidisciplinary team of therapists (including paramedical professionals), collaboration with leading related organizations in Israel and abroad, and social impact activity to promote the field of Canine Assisted Therapy in Israel, including necessary regulatory changes and cutting edge clinical research (under the auspices of Maccabi Healthcare Services and Haifa University).
Intervention plans offered by “Dogs That Do Good”:
Integrating Dogs (Family Dogs/Pet Dogs)
Placing a family dogs/pe t within a household with special needs. Selecting, training, and assimilating a mixed-breed adult dog based on the specific needs of the child/adult and his/her family.
In the memory of Tzila Haber, who was devoted for helping the most “underdogs” among dogs , and her daughter Sharon is a co-founder of Dogs That Do Good.
Based on PAWS Global program by the British Charity “Dogs for Good”.
Canine Assisted Paramedical Therapy
Integrating Therapy Dogs in therapeutic sessions led by paramedical professionals (such as: occupational therapists, speech therapists, physical therapists, etc.).
In collaboration with “Silver Center”, Croatia.
Canine Assisted Therapy
Integrating Therapy Dogs in therapeutic sessions led by Canine Assisted Therapists.
Service / Assistance / Communication Dog
Placing a Service/Assistance/Communication dog within a special household. Choosing, training, and assimilating a pedigree puppy, which is intended to accompany a child or an adult 24/7, including life-saving tasks as needed.
At the beginning of 2021, “Dogs That Do Good” in collaboration with Maccabi Health Fund and Haifa University, embarked on a pioneering, innovative and revolutionary study – the first of its kind in the world – examining the effects of nighttime co-sleeping with a trained Family Dog (based on the Integrating Dogs Program) on the sleep quality of children on the autistic spectrum.
“There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.” Ben Williams
In the memory of Dr. Yochi Ben-Nun, who served as chair of the Israel Psychological Association, head psychologist at “Meir” Hospital and a senior medical and developmental psychologist. Her special relationship with Jeannie, her daughter Ella’s dog, was the main motivation for the foundation of “Dogs That Do Good”.
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