The dog-training therapy program promotes direct experiencing through an integrated program of caring for and training the dogs. The use of non-verbal means helps develop emotional openness, ability for self-expression and acquiring social skills, all of which are most conducive to behavioral change. The youngsters in our care are suitable candidates for dog-training therapy - their inability to communicate their problems and their pain verbally is facilitated by the link they create with the dogs.
Using dog-training therapy has proven to diminish their anxieties and fears and greatly decrease their aggressiveness. This has also had a positive effect on their schoolwork and social skills, greatly improving their chances of overcoming their disadvantages and re-integrating into normative Israeli society to go on to lead productive lives.