Dear members, interested parties, TGIers, former members, future members

We are especially pleased to be able to offer our Human-Dog Symposium TGI again this year. And again with very special guests!

Dr. med vet. Daniela Zurr. Tellington-TTouch® Instructor Dogs and Small Animals (there are only 21 teachers* worldwide with this qualification) Instructor of TTouch-n-click training. Her seminar activities include Tellington-TTouch®, holistic behavior therapy, medical training, training and behavior therapy for pets and exotics.

And from the USA Michael Kaufmann, director of the project GREEN CHIMNEY in New York, THE showcase project of animal-assisted intervention and also the first institution that has specifically included animals in the psychological, social and educational process.

In his work to promote human-animal interaction, Kaufmann’s career has intersected with a wide range of animal-related disciplines and organizations, including: the Humane Association, ASPCA, International Association of Human Animal Interaction Associations, Federation of Horses in Education and Therapy International, and the Denver University Graduate School of Social Work Institute for Human and Animal Connection. And since 2012, Director of the Sam and Myra Ross Institute at Green Chimneys and Farm and Wildlife Director of the Green Chimneys School!

The lecture will be held in German!

We would like to draw your attention to our LIVE workshop with Michael Kaufmann on February 24 and 25, 2024. This will take place over 2 days in Oberhausen NRW! Limited number of seats! Info :

Last but not least, Blanca Homma will report on the much too rarely addressed topic of violence in TGI and present her study results on this topic.

Registration as always at

Recognized by TAK Lower Saxony and Schleswig Holstein; IbH e.V; Qualitätsnetzwerk Schulbegleithunde; ESAAT CERTIFIED

Here is the program:

  1. A U G U S T 2023



10h-10.05h: Welcome and introduction

10.05h -10.35h + 10 min discussion: Animal-assisted equals animal-protected? Our current project in Ukraine.

Speaker: Dr. Sandra Foltin Behavioral biologist, psychologist.


Medical Training & Tellington Touch with different animal species in the TGI

Speaker: Dr. med. vet. Daniela Zurr; veterinarian, behavioral therapist; Tellington-TTouch® instructor.

12.00-13.00h Lunch break.

13.00-14.30h+ 15 min discussion

Neither tools nor extras:

The role of the animal in an educational/therapeutic institution.

Speaker: Michael Kaufmann, Director of Farm & Wildlife Institute; Director of the Sam and Myra Ross Institute; Director Green Chimneys USA.

14.45h-15h Coffee break


15h-15.45h + 15 min discussion

Animal abuse in the context of animal-assisted pedagogy: practical examples and approaches to action

Speaker: Blanca Homma, PhD student at the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg.


Cost: €79,- per person. The Zoom Link will follow on Saturday 26 August


Your registration must be made in writing or is valid with the transfer of the participation fee to the following account by 26.08.23 at the latest:

Animal-advocate e.V.
City Savings Bank Oberhausen

IBAN: DE29 3655 0000 0050 107119

Registration and information: 0208 6988177

All proceeds benefit an animal or conservation project!

A certificate of attendance will be issued.

Recognized by TAK Lower Saxony and Schleswig Holstein; IbH e.V; Qualitätsnetzwerk Schulbegleithunde; ESAAT CERTIFIED.

Animal-advocate e.V., Training Center Animal Assisted Therapy NRW,



Dr. Sandra Foltin

  • Board of directors of Qualitätsnetzwerk schulhund e.V.; Scientific advisory board of Qualitätsnetzwerk schulhund e.V.;
  • Board ESSAT
  • Biology University Duisburg Essen
  • Member Institute for Zoology & Evolutionary Biology, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
  • BA Psychology Towson University