The association ‘Therapiehunde Schweiz VTHS’ is an organisation for the promotion of animal-assisted therapy. The association was registered in 1994 as a non-profit, charitable organisation and is a member of IAHAIO (International Association of Human Animal Inter-Organisations). The organisation is primarily funded by sponsors and donors and has 1470 members with 650 working therapy dogs in different regions of Switzerland. Forty percent of the dog handlers have a medical, social or teaching background. The purpose of the organisation is to support patients and people in all kinds of institutions with highly-trained teams. To achieve this goal we offer interested dog-owners six months basic training and advanced training courses.
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