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ISTITUTIONAL ACTIVITY. Guidelines for Animal Assisted Interventions

ISTITUTIONAL ACTIVITY. Guidelines for Animal Assisted Interventions (AAI)

At present, in Italy AAI have been recognized as official care by a Legislative Decree (DL.vo issued on February 28th 2003), however there is no specific legislation regulating them, which poses serious problems in terms of safety and protection of humans subjects. Indeed, those who can benefit from AAI are frail subjects and are mainly represented by children as they are often extremely trusting and may easily achieve a level of intimacy with animals, as well as elderly per- sons. In AAI, the activity performed by the “animal therapist” towards the “human patient” is very complex and to be successful, above all, should entail the contribution of many professional figures....

Published 08-31-2013 in Animal Assisted Interventions , last update 04-24-2015 More...

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COURSES

SOON:

May-December 2015 - Corso Base e Avanzato per Coadiutore del Cane nell'ambito degli Interventi Assistiti con gli Animali. Beginning on may 16 2015 (Registration not after may 11 2015). See attachments

ATTENDED COURSES:

April 8-10 2015 - Interventi assistiti con gli animali: identità, normativa e responsabilità - Corso propedeutico - Aula Bovet, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Roma. See attachments (See also the section  “Formazione” of the internet website of SS)

November 26 th 2014- SEMINARIO SU DISTURBI DEL COMPORTAMENTO ALIMENTARE ED INTERVENTI ASSISTITI CON EQUIDI

Consult the...

Published 10-03-2013 in Animal Assisted Interventions , last update 04-16-2015 More...

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Concept of cuteness is 'hardwired from age of three, 'sayscientists
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/concept-of-cuteness-is-hardwired-from-age-of-three-say-scientists-9617791.html

Children as young as three recognise 'cuteness' in faces of people and animals
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2014-07-children-young-recognise-cuteness-people.html

Humans are hardwired to prefer 'cute' faces from the age of three - and toddlers think dogs are more adorable than cats and...

Published 08-17-2013 in Animal Assisted Interventions , last update 03-24-2015 More...

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Attitudes toward Animals among Kindergarten Children: Species Preferences

Baby schema in human and animal faces induces cuteness perception and gaze allocation in children. Marta Borgi, Irene Cogliati Dezza, Victoria Brelsford, Kerstin Meints, Francesca Cirulli. Frontiers in Psychology, section Developmental Psychology:
Baby schema in human and animal faces induces cuteness perception and gaze allocation in children

Children's preferences for infantile features in dogs and cats. Marta Borgi and Francesca Cirulli. Human-Animal Interaction...

Published 07-28-2013 in Animal Assisted Interventions , last update 03-19-2015 More...

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ETHOLOGY APPLIED TO HUMAN-ANIMAL INTERACTION (PET THERAPY)

Animals have been man’s companions for thousands of years. Nowadays we know that the presence of animals in human’s lives can have important effects on their social relationships and their health. As an example, dog owner’s who suffer from cardiovascular disease live longer compared to those who do not.

A growing body of research is starting to address the mechanisms behind the human-animal bond. Animals tend to focus and absorb people’s attention in non-threatening ways and are also known to exert a calming or de-arousing influence. Moreover, the ability of domesticated animals to respond affectionately to human attentions and to elicit pro-social behaviour and positive affect may serve as an...

Published 08-04-2013 in Animal Assisted Interventions , last update 11-26-2013 More...

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