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The Science of Significant Human-Animal Relational Moments & Human-Animal Relational Theory

The first forum is planned for April 4th at 11 AM Eastern Time (USA) / 5 PM Central European Summer Time (CEST). We are excited to announce that the authors of the recent paper Recommendations for Uniform Terminology in Animal-Assisted Services (AAS) will be presenting the key elements in this paper giving you the opportunity to understand the background to the proposed changes in terminology in our field. You can read the full paper here: https://doi.org/10.1079/hai.2024.0003.


AAII is pleased to present Dr. Joanne Singleton for the Paws & Breathe® Certification Training 2022!

What is Paws & Breathe®

Around the world, humans are experiencing and acknowledging high levels of stress. Unmanaged, stress can have short and long-term physiological and psychological effects. Diaphragmatic breathing and animal assisted interventions (AAI) each reduce stress. Paws & Breathe® combines both for a unique approach to stress identification and management. Participants learn diaphragmatic breathing and then practice what they have learned with Pawfessor Spirit, we’ll teach you to do this with your own canine partner and to use this practice for yourself, your canine partner, and in your own practice. Our research shows a significant reduction in stress following a session.

Dr. Joanne K. Singleton & Pawfessor Spirit (ECAD Alum)

Pace University, College of Health Professions

Founder of Canines Assisting in Health, and of, Paws & Breathe®

* This is an independent certification qualification offered by speaker

Certification Training Objectives

  1. Understand the implications of stress in humans
  2. Identify ways to assess for stress in humans
  3. Demonstrate Paws & Breathe®
  4. Model Paws & Breathe®
  5. Evaluate Paws & Breathe® stress reduction outcomes for self, canines, and clients

Training Session 1, Thursday, February 10th, 2022 (17:00 – 19:00 CET; 11am-1pm EST)

Session 1 will provide you with the foundation to practice Paws & Breathe®. You will learn about the effects of stress in humans and canines, ways to assess for stress, and ways to mitigate stress. This work begins with you and includes, assessing your own stress, your canine partner’s stress, and learning and practicing Paws & Breathe® to support you in offering this non-pharmacologic stress reduction intervention to those you work with in your practice. Session 1 provides you with what you to need to begin your own practice and to then teach others Paws & Breathe®. 

Independent Work to be Completed prior to Training Session 2

To prepare for Training Session 2 participants will complete and submit all work by 3/1/22:

Week 1, following Session 1 of Paws & Breathe® training

Week 2 and 3, following Session 1 of Paws & Breathe® training

Session 2 Training, Thursday, March 10th, 2022 (17:00 – 19:00 CET; 11 am – 1 pm EST)

The pre-work for Session 2 submitted by participants will be the framework for Session 2. At the group level we will use exemplars from the pre-work submitted to identify facilitator, barriers and lessons learned. Participants will be asked to reflect on their developing Paws & Breathe® practice, self, canine, and teaching others, and to identify what they are doing well, areas for improvement and ideas for their own improvement plan. Strategies for ongoing improvement and coaching will be identified.

Independent Work following Session 2 to Complete Paws & Breathe® Certification

After completing Session 2 participants will continue developing their Paws & Breathe® practice- self, canines, and teaching others. For on-going quality improvement participants will submit one case write-up and video (deidentified) of a teaching session with an individual or group, with assessments and reflection on the session by 4/10/2022.  The Case write-up will support ongoing coaching in identification and management of stress in self and canine, and delivery and outcomes of Paws & Breathe® for participants.

Certification as a Paws & Paws & Breathe® Practitioner

After attending Sessions 1 and 2, and successful completion of all independent work, participants will be certified in Paws & Breathe® and will have permission to use the name and process.

If you are interested in completing the Paws & Breathe® Certification process, please ensure you will be able to:

  1. Attend & participate in live sessions on Thursday, 10 February & Thursday, 10 March
  2. Have the canine partner you work with join the live sessions
  3. Complete independent work before & after session 2

LIMITED Registration Capacity to 8 more members!

To register for this event, please email coordinator@aai-int.org the answer to the following questions:

We are excited to invite you join us for this very special event! Please let us know if you have any questions.

Pawprints is the Animal Assisted Intervention program at Boston Children’s Hospital. The evaluation and onboarding process for interested teams (human and dog volunteers) is comprehensive and in-depth including a written application, health clearances, and simulated practice visits. Participants will learn what this process involves and how to translate a similar evaluation process into their own AAI setting; no matter its size, budget, or available resources.



AAII International Conference 2019 Hotel Information

Hotel Information AAII 2019 Conference

AAII has put together a list of hotels near the Conference location of Villa Arvedi in Verona.  To find out more,  please click on the above link.  We look forward to seeing you in October!

Verona Conference Information

Verona Conference Information

Here is the latest information for our International Conference in Verona, Italy 15 & 16 October 2019.  If you require any further information please email administration@aai-int.org. We look forward to seeing you there!

Please click on the above link for all the details.

Save the date! AAII International Conference 2019

The 2019 AAII International Conference will be held in Verona, Italy on October 15th and 16th.

Following the release of the Standards, Recommended Competencies and the Accreditation process our 2019 conference theme is Professionalizing the Practice of AAIs.

Watch this space for more details.

AAII International Conference 2018

Registration is now open for our International Conference on August 17 – 18, 2018 in St. Paul, Minnesota, with the theme: Animal Welfare & Well Being in Animal Assisted Interventions.

To download the conference programme and to register for the conference, click here to visit the International Conferences page.

AAII International Conference – save the date

The 2018 AAII Conference will be in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA on August 16th (Member Development Meeting), with the actual conference being on the 17th & 18th. The general theme is Animal Welfare & Well Being in Animal Assisted Interventions.

To find out more, visit our International Conferences web page.