Nurture Dogs offer sessions with groups or individuals. These sessions involve the use of dogs which acts as a social lubricant and facilitates engagement even for the most profoundly disabled clients.
Sessions can last from 15 minutes to 1 hour. We can work with your goals or simply facilitate an activity that can be enjoyed by your residents.
We can work in any residential setting or day-care, historically these have included dementia care, learning disabilities, mental health and dual diagnosis. Our groups are usually open groups and therefore people can use them as a drop in. This approach is useful in some settings where residents may not all like animals and therefore need the opportunity not to participate if they choose.
We find these groups are good for maintaining clients existing functional capacity or developing new skills. For example; post stroke.
Some of the activities that we use include; brushing, walking, mobilising, agility, biscuit making, treat giving. Offering the opportunity for maintaining and improving gross and fine motor skills. Use of voice, encouraging mobility and social participation.