Starts tomorrow, Tuesday, 23 December, the project "Pet Therapy" at the airport ", born from the collaboration between Aeroporto di Genova and Association Arches. Twice a week, and for a period of three months, the volunteers of the Association (including psychologists, dog trainers, nurses, socio sanitari) take their dogs to the Cristoforo Colombo to meet with departing passengers and people waiting for friends and relatives arriving in Genoa.
The "Brigata wagging” will consist of 16 dogs, all educated to Pet Therapy with bib of recognition, that will alternate in the various days of the initiative.
The objective of the project: reduce stress related to fear of flying and the expectations related to air travel. According to recent studies the phenomenon of aerophobia is widespread even among people accustomed to regularly use the aircraft as a means of transport.
“It is about the 40% of passengers,” explains Sonia Ragavendran, the Association Bows. “The aerophobia is more common among women than among men. it 33% of those who flew at least once declares to have been afraid, While the 10% of the people declaring that they will rise more on a plane”.
Every Tuesday morning (by 8 at 11) and Sunday afternoon (by 16 at 19), from 23 December and three months, Airport departures floor will be set up a demonstration stand of the Association, with flyers of project presentation in Italian, Spanish, English and French. Boarding area will take place the meeting between passengers departing and dogs, in order to reduce stress and make your trip more pleasant and serene.
The project carried out by Aeroporto di Genova and String binding is an absolute novelty in Italy, While in other parts of the world (in particular, in Canada and in the United States) several airports have already successfully tested this kind of initiative.
Source: The Flight