Wiesbaden (dpa/lhe) - The Hessian Minister of Justice Roman Poseck has been informed about a social project with dogs in a youth detention facility that has been running since spring 2021. Specifically, the CDU politician visited the "Social Training with Dogs" project on Wednesday. This should help to strengthen the social and emotional skills of young people who have committed crimes.
"The animal-assisted work should be a door opener for interpersonal relationships, both within the facility and for the further life of the young people and adolescents," said Poseck when visiting the facility in Gelnhausen in the Main-Kinzig district. The training with the animals should help to strengthen self-confidence and reduce aggression.
The young people can take part in the training for three hours on up to two days a week, according to Angelika Simon, who runs the training. In a theoretical part, the basic handling of dogs is taught. What you have learned is then put into practice with two trained rescue dogs. "Within a short time, the dogs act as icebreakers and even the most difficult young people become approachable and behave in an exemplary manner when dealing with the dogs."