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Happiness Dogs Programme in the UAE

Animal Assisted Intervention experts Karalynn Thomson and Dr. Hanna Rowles discuss and help everyone to discover the benefits of spending time with dogs for children.

In this Webinar, You will learn: 

-What is Animal Assisted Intervention

-How can spending time with a dog benefit your child and

-Introduction of the Happiness Dogs programme


Welcome to this webinar replay! In this informative session, Karalynn and Dr. Hannah will delve into the fascinating world of Animal Assisted Intervention (AAI) and specifically focus on the Happiness Dogs Programme. Whether you missed the live session or want to revisit the valuable insights shared, this replay will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the benefits of AAI and how it can positively impact your child’s well-being.

Webinar Objectives: 

1. Understanding Animal Assisted Intervention (AAI): Gain insights into the concept of AAI and its application in enhancing the lives of children. Learn about the various ways dogs are involved in AAI programs and their potential impact on child development.

2. Exploring the Benefits of Spending Time with Dogs: Discover the numerous advantages and positive outcomes that result from children spending time with dogs. Uncover the psychological, emotional, and social benefits that can contribute to their overall well-being.

3. Introduction to the Happiness Dogs Programme: Get introduced to the Happiness Dogs Programme offered by TDCC (The Dog Care Center) in the UAE. Learn about the unique features and objectives of this program, designed to provide therapeutic and educational experiences for children through interactions with specially trained dogs.

Benefits and Results of Animal Assisted Intervention:

Animal Assisted Intervention has been recognized as a powerful tool in promoting physical, emotional, and cognitive development in children. When children spend time with dogs in a structured and supervised setting, they can experience several benefits, including:

1. Emotional Well-being: Interacting with dogs can help children reduce stress, anxiety, and loneliness. It promotes the release of feel-good hormones like oxytocin and endorphins, which contribute to improved mood and overall emotional well-being.

2. Social Skills Development: Dogs serve as non-judgmental companions, creating a safe environment for children to practice social skills. Through activities such as grooming, walking, and playing with dogs, children can enhance their communication, empathy, and teamwork skills.

3. Cognitive Enhancement: Engaging with dogs in activities like reading or obedience training can improve children’s focus, attention span, and cognitive abilities. The presence of dogs has been found to stimulate mental activity and enhance learning outcomes.

4. Physical Health Benefits: Interacting with dogs often involves physical activities such as walking or playing, which promote exercise and physical fitness. Regular engagement with dogs can help children develop better motor skills, coordination, and balance.

5. Therapeutic Support: Dogs have a unique ability to provide comfort and emotional support. They can be particularly beneficial for children facing challenges such as learning disabilities, behavioral issues, or trauma. Dogs can create a calming presence and assist in therapy sessions.

Guest Speakers:

Happiness Dogs Programme in the UAE 6Karalynn Thomson, a British expat with over 30 years in the UAE, is a passionate advocate for animal-assisted intervention. She founded Reading Dogs in 2017, bringing specially trained dogs to schools for literacy support. In 2021, she expanded with Happiness Dogs, the UAE’s only Animal Assisted Intervention program. Karalynn is dedicated to promoting this field and collaborating with international organizations for its recognition in the Middle East.


Happiness Dogs Programme in the UAE 7Hannah Rowles, a veterinary surgeon with over ten years of experience in the UK and the UAE, is a passionate advocate for animal welfare. She joined Royal Canin UAE in 2020, combining her expertise in nutrition with her love for animals. Inspired by Reading Dogs UAE, Hannah collaborates with the team, volunteering her time and knowledge to support their canine efforts. Witnessing the joy and magic created by the Happiness Dogs program is the highlight of her work.


Invitation :

Happiness Dogs and Reading Dogs Programs

We invite parents to enroll their children in the Happiness Dogs and Reading Dogs programs offered by TDCC. These programs provide wonderful opportunities for children to experience the benefits of Animal Assisted Intervention in a controlled and professional setting.

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