Care dog activity is growing in Finland

Elina Kelola

The Finnish Kennel Club started its care dog activities in the year 2001. The Finnish Kennel Club’s care dog activities are expanding continuously. At the moment there are almost 1000 registered care dogs and instructors which work in 65 different visitor groups all over Finland.

There is plenty of interest and demand for care dog visits and the awareness for the activities is growing. The Finnish Kennel Club’s care dogs are bringing joy to the life of thousands of people every week and simultaneously bring positive media coverage for Finnish dogs.

The positive effects of animals on human wellbeing and health have been known for a long time, but only the scientific research results of the last decades on the subject have made animal assisted therapy methods scientifically approved. Several studies have proven the positive, short-term relaxing effects that the touching of and mere presence of an animal may have on a human. It has also been proven that even long-term effects on human wellbeing may be achieved through animal assisted therapy.

The Finnish Kennel Club’s care dog activities is a member of Animal Assisted Intervention International