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Animal Therapy

Animal Therapy

Animals at Boulder Creek Academy

Our campus is home to a variety of animals ranging from horses to dogs. At Boulder Creek Academy, animals are a unique part of an educational and therapeutic strategy that helps our students develop important social and emotional skills, especially amongst each other, as they work collaboratively to care for the animals.

Boulder Creek Academy features:

  • Therapeutic horseback riding
  • Animal husbandry
  • Shelter dog rehabilitation training
  • Horticulture

Here are some examples of how working with animals benefits our students:

Reading Body Language
Girl hugging horseHorses communicate extensively through body language and make excellent teachers. Notice what a horse is doing with his tail. Is it hanging relaxed or gently swishing at flies? This is normal. However, if he is wringing his tail or swishing it rapidly, then the horse is annoyed or irritated. Is the tail clenched tightly against his hindquarters? This is a sign of fear or nervousness. An elevated tail means high spirits. The more time students spend with the horses the more they will be able to understand what the horse is thinking or feeling. Working with horses is a great way for our students to practice reading body language.

Boy hugging a newborn animalWhen we have newborn animals on campus, they are helpless and depend on our students to provide them with the necessities of life. We often observe animals’ trust in our students. For instance, when a dog trusts a student, it allows the student to rub its tummy.

Girl riding a horseHorses are outstanding when it comes to teaching students self-control. For example, how do you stand your ground when you may be scared of a larger body? How can you control something bigger than yourself and do it without losing the respect of the one you need to address?

Boy holding a dog in the airStudents work to train dogs from animal shelters that have never been taught basic commands. Students learn the value of patience and understanding as they practice the same command repeatedly to train the animal. If a student loses patience a dog, it will not react positively to the training. Moreover, the positive-feedback training techniques used by students instill a sense of leadership and responsibility.

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We feature strong academics, small class sizes and dedicated and knowledgeable teachers and clinicians. For more than two decades, Boulder Creek Academy has been helping students all over the United States and internationally to reach their full potential. Call us today at 877-348-0848 to begin the admissions and enrollment process.