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Therapy dog use



For children in children's homes, hospices, clinics and at home

"When the soul of a human closes, the animal is a wonderful bridge, so that human finds his way back to human."
Monika Rutschmann-Bodmer

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With the therapy dogs of the Hundetherapie und -schule Bodmer, we visit children and adolescents in children's homes, hospices, clinics and at home. Each visit is individually tailored to current needs.

Enjoy time with the therapy dogs, watch them play or train with them yourself. Back to the simple, back to being.

We look forward to new visits, let's go, we hear each other.

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Visit to the Kifa Foundation holiday camp / Autumn 2023

Visit to the Kifa Foundation holiday camp / Autumn 2023

This is the third year that we have visited the Kifa Foundation holiday camp in Walchwil with our dogs.

14 four-legged friends and 13 two-legged friends were looking forward to spending the afternoon with the children.
We spent time together in beautiful sunshine weather.

Every time we are just so touched by what happens between the children and the dogs...
We are grateful that we were able to visit you and say thank you to our four-legged friends for these moments.

Monika tells ZugerWoche more about our visit in an interview.
https://www.zugerwoche.ch/zuger-news/detail/ich-bin-dankbar-dass-wir-einen-lichtblick-schenken-koennen

Visit of Stiftung Schloss Regensberg at Aathal / summer 2023

Visit of Stiftung Schloss Regensberg at Aathal / summer 2023

Visit of the children and young people from Stiftung Schloss Regensberg at our dog training ground

15 children and young people from “Schloss Regensberg” Foundation visited the therapy dogs at the dog training ground of the Hundetherapie und -schule Bodmer in Aathal.



Dogs, children, games and training and at the end a sausage and cake and a souvenir photo for everyone - we say thank you for coming and see you next time.




"I like Lupo so much that I already know now that I will miss him tonight when I'm in bed," said a boy about the brown Labrador.


Each child could choose which dogs they wanted to train and play with. A boy said right at the beginning that he would like to throw the green ball with Zino again, because the two know each other from the last visits. Hence, everyone could enjoy their time with the therapy dogs, just as it suited them.

A visit to the Child Psychiatry Brüschhalde / Summer 2023

A visit to the Child Psychiatry Brüschhalde / Summer 2023

Spending time together with the dogs: playing, petting and just being. We say thank you and look forward to the next visit.

"When will you and the dogs come to visit us again? Because if this was the only visit, it would be a real pity. But it would also mean that I was very lucky to have been here today and to have been able to experience this," said one of the children.

"Monika, her team and the dogs have responded extremely sensitively to the needs of the children and young people. Within a very short time, all children and adolescents, even the anxious ones, were out and about with a dog interacting and beaming with joy. Thank you from the bottom of my heart from the Center for Child Psychiatry Brüschhalde"
Dr. med. univ. Veronika Mailänder Zelger
Lead Physician

Experience report from our two-legged friends Child Psychiatry Männedorf

Experience report from our two-legged friends  Child Psychiatry Männedorf

Experience report from our two-legged friends
Child Psychiatry Männedorf

Gabi with Oski:
"The shining eyes of children say more than many words. Oski and I are grateful that we were able to be part of the child psychiatry visit and look forward to being able to give the children such a moment again on our next visit."

Toni with Lupo:
"Together with Lupo, I was allowed to visit the Männedorf child psychiatric clinic. I was very curious to see what awaits us there. As soon as we arrived, the anticipation of the children, who were on the playground during the break, was palpable and audible. With the start of our performance, however, it became quiet and the children watched us intently.
When the children were allowed to choose a dog with a handler, I was immediately chosen by a boy who loves Labradors. He started right away and went over the hurdles together with Lupo. During the hide-and-seek game of the dog toy, both the boy and Lupo really got going and spurred each other on to better hiding and searching, respectively.
I was particularly impressed by the children's willingness to try something new and to get involved in a new situation in such a short time. I'm already looking forward to the next visit and I'm curious to see who or what awaits us."

Nicole with Namida:
"Yesterday's visit to the child psychiatric clinic Männedorf with our therapy dogs from the Hundetherapie und -schule Bodmer was once again totally impressive for me. It fascinates and touches me very much how the most diverse dogs with their unique characters conjured up the children's and adolescents' sometimes initial fear in no time at all, leaving a sparkle in their eyes and a smile on their lips in the short time of our visit. Hopefully, this radiance and smile will last for a long time and will remind us all of these moving moments in Männedorf much later.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart to Monika Bodmer from the Hundetherapie und -schule Bodmer for allowing my Mali dog Namida and I to be there."

Dog visit holiday week Kifa Foundation / Autumn 2022

Dog visit holiday week Kifa Foundation / Autumn 2022

In autumn, we visited the children again with our four-legged friends during the holiday week of the Kifa Foundation in Walchwil. We spent a beautiful autumn afternoon outside in the garden. Touching moments that we remember often and fondly.

"The visit of the therapy dogs from the Abri association was a highlight of the 2022 holiday week. Thanks to the empathy of the dogs and their owners, the children opened up within a short time and enjoyed petting and cuddling with the furballs very much."

Anita Rigoni & Meike van Beem, Co-Camp Managers Holiday Week, Kifa Foundation Switzerland

Dog therapy visit to the Schloss Regensberg children's home / autumn 2022

Dog therapy visit to the Schloss Regensberg children's home / autumn 2022

Together with a youth group from the Schloss Regensberg children's home, the therapy dogs from the Hundetherapie und -schule Bodmer went into the forest in bright weather. And there was a lot to experience:
Sniffing out a forest track, working together, enjoying, a crispy snake bread over the fire... and, as always, it touches the whole team.

We say THANK YOU for the beautiful afternoon with you!

A visit to the Regensberg Children's Home / Summer 2022

A visit to the Regensberg Children's Home / Summer 2022

Thank you very much for allowing us to visit you again.
Eda, the youngest member of the team, also did a great job.

Dog visit Kifa in Walchwil / autumn 2021

Dog visit Kifa in Walchwil / autumn 2021

Dear children, dear Kifa Foundation, the four-legged and two-legged friends from the ABRI association and the Hundetherapie und -schule Bodmer say THANK YOU for the touching afternoon!

Our therapy dogs in action 2021

Our therapy dogs in action 2021

Practice makes perfect….

Dog visit in the residential group Dialogweg / Summer 2021

Dog visit in the residential group Dialogweg / Summer 2021

«Eifach sii» with Jayden, Minnie and our “Labi offspring” Avani.
Thank you, it was a pleasure!

Dog visit at the children and youth home Oberi / summer 2021

Dog visit at the children and youth home Oberi / summer 2021

After the dog show we went for a walk together.
It was great, we say thank you...

Dog visit at Schloss Regensberg / Spring 2021

Dog visit at Schloss Regensberg / Spring 2021

Together with a youth group from the Schloss Regensberg children's home, the therapy dogs from the Hundetherapie und -schule Bodmer went into the forest in bright weather. And there was a lot to experience:
Sniffing out a forest track, working together, enjoying, a crispy snake bread over the fire... and, as always, it touches the whole team.

We say THANK YOU for the beautiful afternoon with you!

Visiting schools and homes in 2019

Visiting schools and homes in 2019

Feeling the dogs up close, learning and understanding…

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