Pet therapy

Pet therapy as a therapeutic modality

At Intergo, the benefits of pet therapy are put forward, thanks to the presence of Scooby, an English cocker spaniel owned by France Binet, one of our occupational therapists also animal therapist. Scooby participates in interventions with clients who have an interest in dogs and are open in learning the "magic" of pet therapy. The targeted therapeutic objectives are as follows :

  1. Create a soothing atmosphere that encourages sharing and introspection to learn how to feel better. The dog becomes a vector of well-being, a feeling that the client will aim to reproduce in his daily life.

  2. Promote a calming source during exposure sessions, especially with clients struggling with post-traumatic stress. The presence of the dog aims to recreate well-being, to reduce the client's anxiety reactions and to make him progress during his exposure.

  3. Encouraging physical activity by playing with the dog, going for a walk and integrating it with strengthening exercises adds a playful character to the rehab activities and generates motivation, while targeting specific abilities.