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czwartek, 25 sierpnia 2011

The article about Wlochata Pasja Australian Labradoodle in Dutch press. (Service dog)

Recen­tly in the Dutch local new­spa­per an article was laun­ched. It is an article about one of our pup­pies — Wlo­chata Pasja Maz­zel Tov, who now works for the orga­ni­za­tion for auti­stic people — SPECTRUM.
We are very proud of one of our pupils as well as his owners who put a lot of effort in a dog who he is right now. Our congratulation!
Here is the article:
The­rapy dog – Wlo­chata Pasja Maz­zel Tov shows the trust.
Light brown, long, curly haired with happy face. Austra­lian Labra­do­odle Maz­zel Tov is a pupil of the Spec­trum group. Spec­trum is half-opened orga­ni­za­tion for people with autism. ortho-pedagog Hel­mine Poleij uses espe­cially tra­ined dog in order to affect auti­stic patients in a posi­tive way. She is very successful.
People with autism often suf­fer pro­blems with social inte­rac­tion and expres­sing their emo­tions. “Well-trained dogs are able to help to improve inte­rac­tion with other people,” says Hel­mine Poleij. “In many cases it also incre­ases self-confidence, when the dog listens to his master.” Hel­mine Poleij took Maz­zel Tov in the first place for her six year old foster son. He suf­fers from autism, and dif­fe­rent form of anxiety disor­ders. “One of these anxiety disor­ders is fear for big dogs,” con­ti­nues Hel­mine. “First I wan­ted to over­come this fear. I suc­ce­eded. Maz­zel had very posi­tive effect on his con­fi­dence. Based on this expe­rience I sug­ge­sted intro­du­cing “the­rapy dog” to Spec­trum organization.
The idea of intro­du­cing a “the­rapy dog” was welco­med by the Spec­trum team with an open arms. This way Maz­zel Tov now appe­ars in Spec­trum every Tues­day. Hel­mine uses him for indi­vi­dual clas­ses for patients suf­fe­ring from autism disor­ders. “One of my patients goes with me and the dog for a walk every week. Toge­ther we deve­lop a module that allows Maz­zel Tov to service as a“therapy dog. ”
The aim of this walk is to build con­fi­dence in patients. “People suf­fe­ring from any form of autism have low self-assessment, with low self-confidence,” expla­ins Hel­mine. “Walk with a dog is a very appro­priate tool for buil­ding self-confidence. Along the way we come across coun­tless une­xpec­ted situ­ations. Situ­ations to which you have to respond to. “As an exam­ple Hel­mine tells about unle­ashed dog who comes up to them with enor­mous speed. “In this situ­ation, you have to let your dog know that you take over the con­trol. And it is very dif­fi­cult for people with autism. The dog listens only when you speak to him cle­arly and direc­tly. If you suc­ceed, self-confidence incre­ases, decre­asing stress’ level.
Not every dog is suita­ble for the­rapy. Hel­mine esta­bli­shed cri­te­ria. “First of all, it was sup­po­sed to be allergy-friendly dog,” says Hel­mine. “My part­ner is aller­gic, it was the first con­di­tion to ful­fill. Besi­des, it was sup­po­sed to be big, smart dog with a sen­si­tive nature. “Sear­ching for the ani­mal cor­re­spon­ding to all the cri­te­ria was not easy. Austra­lian Labra­do­odle was ulti­ma­tely selec­ted. “Maz­zel has the size and nature of the Labra­dor and the fur and the intel­li­gence of the Poodle. Con­trary to popu­lar belief, Poodles are very intelligent. ”
Unfor­tu­na­tely, fin­ding the right breed is not eno­ugh. Tra­ined the­rapy dog costs a lot of time and energy. The­re­fore, Hel­mine and Maz­zel Tov often visit dog psy­cho­lo­gi­sts — HOGZ — Beha­vio­ral and Tra­ining Cen­tre for Dogs Zeeland. “Maz­zel was socia­li­zed there from a puppy age and he was intro­du­ced to dif­fe­rent sti­muli. For exam­ple, we intro­du­ced dif­fe­rent sounds in the bench. Cur­ren­tly Maz­zel is tra­ined how to respond to gestu­res. This requ­ires incre­ased effort. We alre­ady manage to calm the dog on com­mand. “To be able to calm down is a very impor­tant feature for a the­rapy dog. Patients with autism disor­ders are very sen­si­tive to any sti­muli. “The young Austra­lian labra­do­odle if neces­sary can be very quiet, but when his owner opens the door and shows that it is time off now, Maz­zel knows very well how to find the way out – jum­ping aro­und like a young puppy. “And that is beau­ti­ful about this dog. By nature he is che­er­ful and full of energy, but can also be very quiet if there is a need“says Hel­mine.
Hel­mine had a lot of suc­ces­ses with Maz­zel. One of her patients was afraid to leave his room by him­self. “The fear of cros­sing the thre­shold is com­mon for auti­stic people. Maz­zel helps them over­come this fear. At that cer­tain point patients for­get about those problems.”

Wlo­chata Pasja
First Ken­nel of Austra­lian Labra­do­odles in Poland