Through interactions, educational support dogs can help people improve their mental well-being and achieve personal goals. These dogs can also take advantage of people to better integrate into society by building their courage and self-confidence.
To shatter the stereotype that service dogs are restricted to specific breeds, the team deliberately chose stray dogs and trained them to be educational support dogs. Educational support dogs can help people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Depressive Disorder, and other disabilities. Through the interaction between dogs and humans, educational support dogs play the role of educational assistant to these people in need, to live with their symptoms and thus improve their emotional state of mind.
By harnessing the power of love and professional service, the Paw for Good team stimulates the mutual growth of dogs and disadvantaged groups by facilitating interactions between them, creating a mutually beneficial and sustainable ecosystem.
Stray dogs deserve a second chance
âStray dogs are to some extent like exceptional children. They are both frequently ignored by society, and yet they actually have great potential. We rarely give them the chance to fulfill their potential and abandon them. often before they can demonstrate their abilities, âsaid Angel YC Chen, Paw for Good team leader.
“We often have a misconception about stray dogs (at the very beginning) because we usually assume that these animals are quite dangerous. Dogs can feel it if we act unfriendly towards them, but if we give them a little time we will find that they’re actually very gentle and willing to believe in us as long as we’re willing to let our guard down and treat them appropriately. â
She added: âI think the approach is also applicable to children with special educational needs, as I have improved my own mental health by interacting with therapy dogs. They are both disadvantaged and can improve their well. -be mental by helping each other. “
from Taiwan first emotion management course taught by educational support dogs
The educational support dogs that were once stray have been professionally trained to improve the health of metal people by interacting with them. The main concept of the Emotion Management Class with Educational Support Dogs stems from the Therapy Dog Program around the world. The world’s first therapy dog ââprogram was started in 1750. By triggering emotional changes in individuals and reducing their negative emotions, therapy dogs can increase motivation to change behavior and improve mental stability while helping to reduce their stress, depression and anxiety, considerably improving their interpersonal skills.
The team visited 12 counties and towns across Taiwan and has served more than 15,000 people in 126 institutions by offering more than 370 courses and conferences, all of which have come together to build a bridge between humans and dogs. Qualified educational support dogs can help people with ASD, ADHD, depressive disorders or disabilities as well as children with special needs.
Giving parents a new appreciation for their children
âAfter being diagnosed with ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), and Tourette’s Syndrome, my child was exposed to extremely emotional ups and downs. For example, he was pushing his classmate just because the (the child had accidentally touched it or moved too slowly in situations where they had to stand in line, “said Yulian, a mother of one, a participant in Paw for Good’s Emotion Management Course for Children). âWhenever this happened, I would collapse and start crying in his presence after yelling at him and berating him. But it’s actually a combination of three feelings: resentment, disappointment, and sadness. “
âI found out that he started to empathize after taking the class, which I think is one of his major changes. Sometimes when we see someone walking a dog in a park, his brother always wanted to pet the dog. In the past when this happened he had an angry look and asked his brother not to do this because he thought it was a mistake. But now, he suddenly became very patient and was telling his brother that they should ask the owner’s permission before petting the dog and then teaching his brother how to approach the dog. certainly wouldn’t and he even smelled like the dogs are dirty. I’m really moved to see him make such progress. “
âI think he’s now grown into a patient and anger-controlled kid, quite different from who he was, one who didn’t show any empathy for others. In fact, I didn’t have high expectations when we decided to let him join the class. I didn’t expect that instinctive animal behavior could change a child with emotional disorders. I think it’s really amazing. Thanks for guiding me to getting to know my child from different angles. “
Paw for Good interactive education program
The fundraising program should achieve the following three objectives:
- Turn stray dogs into confident instructors who no longer wander the streets aimlessly and can help people through a professional training program
- Increase the motivation of people with ASD, ADHD, depressive disorders or disabilities to seek possible behavior changes while reducing their stress, depression and anxiety by giving them the opportunity to interact with therapy dogs and in doing so, improve their interpersonal and social skills
- Provide to disadvantaged groups in each of the counties, towns and cities across Taiwan with the possibility of participating in a program to mutually benefit from interactions between humans and dogs
In addition to rewarding program supporters with intricately crafted giveaways, the Paw for Good team expects small therapy animals to accompany the people they care for through every challenge in their lives, spreading more kindness in a larger community.
Fundraising date: 08/24 to 11/10
SOURCE Industry Accelerator and Chung Yuan Christian University Incubation Center