Become an Animal-Assisted Interventions Technician!

These interventions are designed to promote improvement in physical, social, emotional and/or cognitive functioning of the people involved.
Become an Animal-Assisted Interventions Technician!

Last update: 18 September, 2019

People like us, who love animals, really appreciate the work they do to help people in need. Now, how would you like to be able to enjoy watching them helping others? Now it’s possible thanks to courses that teach us about animal-assisted interventions. This could be your dream job! We’ll tell you all about it.

You can even bring your own dog when performing an animal-assisted intervention! How cool is that? This will also help to improve the bond between you and your dog and bring you closer together. Imagine just how well you could get to understand each other while working together.

If you and your dog are partners in crime already, participating in animal-assisted interventions will be even more fun. Above all, the smiles of the people you can assist and help are priceless. This really is something unique and special.

What are animal-assisted interventions?

A dog giving assisted therapy.

Much has already been said about how animals help people with different kinds of diseases. However, in these kinds of therapies, the key is to allow the person to touch or play with the animal. The assisted person should feel useful and needed because the pet depends on them.

However, animal-assisted interventions go even beyond that idea. There’s a team of professionals behind every animal who investigates the conditions and needs of each patient and thinks about how the pets might help.

After this, the team creates a plan. They choose the animal they consider the most suitable, set down objectives, prepare some sessions, train the animal, perform exercises and many other things. It’s a well-made plan that gives excellent results.

What’s the role of a technician in this field?

If you’re already loving what we’re telling you about animal-assisted interventions, you’re probably wondering what a technician in this field does. Well, an Animal-Assisted Interventions Technician is mainly concerned with the animal’s well-being. In other words, no matter how good the pet is at helping others, it’s still a job that can tire and stress the animal.

Therefore, the dog’s physical and mental well-being is very important for these sessions.

You should also make sure that your pet meets the requirements for all of the exercises agreed in the plan. He should be able to understand you, and you should be able to understand him as well.

Even though this is very important while the animal is working, it’s also significant when it’s not working. You must feed it well, have a good workout routine to follow and keep the pet clean and happy!

Taking care of your pet in this way and having a special connection with him during the sessions will bring you closer in a unique way. It will make you love each other even more and share unforgettable experiences. It’s definitely a win-win situation!

How to become a technician

A dog with his patient.
Author: Pioneer Library System

At this point in the article, and after learning all the benefits that these interventions can bring, we think you’ll probably love to become a technician! The benefits of these therapies are not just for others, but also for you and your dog.

If you don’t know how to get started, you can search for courses on the Internet, where you’ll find plenty. Some will be online and others in person. Online courses will also need your presence and that of your pet, so we recommend that you look for one near where you live.

There are courses at different prices and with different durations. Therefore, choose the one that best suits you and your pet and get to work! However, make sure that the course you choose has a certification or is recognized officially.

If you’ve decided to start working on your dream job, all the best! It’s a great way to make better use of the human-animal bond with your pet. We hope you enjoyed learning about this great topic today!

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