The Project is co-financed by the governments of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from the International Visegrad Fund.
The fund’s mission is to promote ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.

🧐🗣️ The recommendation that animals be part of the therapeutic alliance is far from new.
👉 In the 1700s, the Society of Friends incorporated the care of various farm animals as part of their treatment for mentally ill institutionalized patients.
👉 In the late 1800s, Florence Nightingale, the founder of the nursing profession, recommended that patients with chronic and critical illness could be comforted by interacting with small animals.
👉 In the 1930s, Sigmund Freud observed in his notes that patients were more comfortable and participated more during sessions when his favorite Chow-Chow, Jo-Fi, was there.
👉 In 1960, Dr. Boris Levinson presented a paper at the American Psychological Association annual conference describing how he involved his dog, Jingles, in sessions with patients. Although he was ridiculed for “going to the dogs,” his book Pet-Oriented Child Psychotherapy (Levinson, 1997) started the animal-assisted therapy movement.

Day Four at the AAI Camp – a day of focus, patience, and action! 🎯🐾
Dog training is not just about fun and activity, it also requires calmness, patience, and the ability to take a step back, allowing others to do their work. BALANCE was the word of the day ❤️⚖️
Day Four, both dogs and their handlers were truly working on focus and cooperative skills.
Afternoon, we delved into the core of AAI training with a lecture on learning theory. Understanding the mechanisms behind how our dogs learn is key to effective and humane training. The insights were truly eye-opening! 🎓📚
To wrap up the day, we lit up the fire and enjoyed a fantastic evening barbecue. It was filled with delicious food, warm conversations, and a beautiful atmosphere. What a perfect end to a productive day! 🌭🍖🌌

Some AAI practitioners from the Visegrad region tried  Hand weaving technique.

Not only is it excellently suited as a complement to AAI, it also provides a new dimension and perspective related to the craft sector in the Visegrad region.

The Visegrad mind is a reservoir of creative ideas and represents the heritage of a thousand years.

The aim was to promote weaving of fabrics in the Visegrad region, which is a combination of traditional and modern, old and new, past and future.