Take a Paws

Our “Take a Paws” Programme brings aaisg canine teams to workplaces, schools, universities, and more.

Research has shown that interactive sessions with dogs can provide emotional, physiological, mental and social benefits, through the release of chemicals in the body such as endorphins and oxytocin. These sessions can lead to a decrease in anxiety, stress, and improvement in mood. Our canine teams can also act as social lubricants, helping to foster better relationships between individuals in your organisation. 

With the COVID-19 pandemic, it is increasingly important that we facilitate the return of individuals to schools and workplaces.

 

 

Sources:

  •  Crossman, M. K., Kazdin, A. E., & Knudson, K. (2015). Brief Unstructured Interaction with a Dog Reduces Distress. Anthrozoös, 28(4), 649–659. https://doi.org/10.1080/08927936.2015.1070008
  • Ward-Griffin, E., Klaiber, P., Collins, H. K., Owens, R. L., Coren, S., & Chen, F. S. (2018). Petting away pre-exam stress: The effect of therapy dog sessions on student well-being. Stress and Health, 34(3), 468–473. https://doi.org/10.1002/smi.2804,
  • John-Tyler Binfet, Holli-Anne Passmore, Alex Cebry, Kathryn Struik & Carson McKay (2018) Reducing university students’ stress through a drop-in canine-therapy program, Journal of Mental Health, 27:3, 197-204, DOI: 10.1080/09638237.2017.1417551

 

 

Our Take a Paws sessions can be arranged to occur

During health or wellbeing day sessions

As part of your team building activities

As part of a mental health initiative

During examination periods

Student orientation camps or days

During a transitional period or organisational change

Duration

You may book a session for up to 90 minutes.

Price

Please reach out to us at info@aai.sg for more information on our pricing structure.

FAQS
How long does each session last?

Each session may last up to 90 minutes, including the time required to set up and pack up. This is so as to protect the welfare of our dogs involved in the programme. 

How long will it take for you to confirm my session?

Once we have received your request for a session, we will try our best to reply to you within 2 working days. We try to finalise the number of teams 2 weeks prior to the session. 

Can you meet our company’s requirements for each session?

Once we receive your request for a session, we will get in touch with you to discuss the details, such as the venue, number of participants and any other special requests. Please note that we are legally required to comply with the latest COVID-19 measures.

How much notice do I need to give prior to each session?

While we would appreciate at least 4 weeks notice, we will try our best to accommodate your requests. 

What if some of us are allergic to dogs?

Our activities would take place in a common area, which may be indoors or outdoors. Individuals allergic to dogs are not encouraged to participate in our programme. However, we have had participants with allergies take an antihistamine prior to the start of the session. 

What happens during a session?

Generally, each session occurs in a common area of your facility. One of our staff will briefly share about our organisation, what we do, as well as the benefits that pets can bring to our lives with proper care and training. 

Our canine teams will then interact with participants through activities such as petting, grooming, tricks, or other games. Our dogs will naturally help to facilitate conversation and connection between individuals.

Will the dogs make a mess of the place?

Prior to each session, the dogs will be walked, and relieved. Handlers will also observe their dogs to see if they require a toilet break during the session. Furthermore, the dogs are showered not more than 24 hours prior to each session, and are up to date on their vaccinations and parasite prevention treatments. 

Does aaisg have public liability insurance

Yes we do. 

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