Supporting vocational education and training (VET) students through dog-assisted activities

Katja Norvapalo, Katja Paasivirta, Tuija Turunen, Henna Jokinen

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This paper explores dog-assisted and strength-based activities in the Finnish Tutkintoon valmistava [Preparatory Education for a Degree] (TUVA) programme. The participants of the study were students in the pilot TUVA group to obtain support and enhance their skills for vocational education and training (VET). Feedback from the students indicated that the dog-assisted activities and a strength-based approach lowered the threshold for engaging students and creating connections with them. This assisted in the development of their self-confidence and social skills.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-101
Number of pages10
JournalEducation in the North
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sept 2023
MoEC publication typeNot Eligible


  • strength-based approach
  • study skills
  • social skills
  • dog-assisted therapy
  • VET

Field of science

  • General education


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