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Mapa is a female Labrador Retriever, which was acquired in the month of October of 2013, in the Diana Campo Breeder, in Madrid. She is our second dog and since some time undertakes assistance therapies in the various centers in which her works are required, in the Madrid Community.

Her Breeder selection, line, origins, genetic ascendency and family were carefully studied.  Among the criteria it was observed that she is a docile and sociable animal, with good clinical parameters and overall very healthy.  As is the case with Mia, Mapa will be trained for the rest of her life as assistance animal. Since the early age of two months she has been carefully socialized and trained.  She to went to live with her trainer Oscar Sánchez, and they are now great friends.

With her has begun a new project which is characterized with the hard working values the Foundation attempts to transmit, through the help to people with disabilities.

The Labrador Retreiver

Next to Dolphins and Donkeys, dogs are the most popular therapy animals, even though we have been introduced to therapies with horses and monkeys.  In addition to helping people with disabilities, Foundation Canis Majoris also oversees the protection and well being of the dog, the other main protagonist in the project Canis Majoris. Dogs are not only therapy animals, but they also carry the role of company animals. Their trainers and owners protect them excellently, and they provide for them the necessary care advised by the veterinarians. Furthermore, dogs form part of the therapeutic unit, and should not be mistaken for exploitation, under any circumstance.

The true added value which dogs provide to a project like this one, is that they carry on the affective attitude, and closeness towards the human being.  The reactions they create daily, in their owners or their caretakers are extraordinary.

To undertake therapy tasks, nonetheless, one cannot rely on just “any” company animal.  Its a task which requires dogs with a specially balanced character, and which are able to learn complicated orders, in short time and with a certain user friendliness. These types of dogs cannot get distracted easily, and must be ready to develop proper responses, in the company of people or other animals, without presenting aggression whatsoever. Among the races of dogs which best respond to animal assisted therapies are the Labrador Retriever, the Golden Retriever and the German Shepard.