The Playful Pooch Program is designed to provide canine-assisted play therapy services to children and families and to offer training in the involvement of canines in play therapy to mental health professionals. Canine-Assisted Play Therapy is a combination of the well-established fields of Animal Assisted Therapy and Play Therapy. Playful child-canine interactions are systematically used to make progress toward therapeutic goals. Substantial research has clearly demonstrated the importance of the human-animal bond as well as the value of properly trained animals for treating children with a wide range of difficulties. The Playful Pooch Program is just one part of the child’s overall treatment, but it can facilitate progress on many dimensions. Much more information is available about this exciting field on our related website at www.playfulpooch.org.

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