Canine-assisted social work
Switzerland’s national dog has a heart of gold. The Saint Bernard loves and needs contact with people and has assisted us for centuries, previously as a rescue dog, today in dog-assisted social work. The Barry Foundation has successfully provided animal-assisted interactions in the social field since 2012. These include the following:
Visits to homes and schools
Camps and long-term programmes
Programmes tailored to specific needs
These interactions are based on the assumption that dogs mobilise our physical, mental, psychological and social resources.
« Scientific studies impressively document the benefits of companion animals to people‘s well-being, personal growth and quality of life ».
(Source: Geneva Declaration of the International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organisations, www.iahaio.org)
All interactions take place with particular attention to the Saint Bernards’ own needs, species-specific welfare considerations and expert care.