A big thank you to Chris Peddler and the Bendigo Advertiser team for sharing our story and how it is expanding. IT STARTED in 2015 with Grant Shannon, his idea and a dog named Sonny. Now Sonny is overseeing the new generation of Dogs Connect dogs that have been placed in more than 20 schools. [...]
Five more schools in Bendigo have welcomed Dogs Connect well-being dogs to their staff in the past two weeks. Epsom, Camp Hill, Quarry Hill and St Therese's primary schools along with Catherine McAuley College have joined the program that helps reduce anxiety in students and teach social and emotional interaction. St Therese's classroom teacher Meg [...]
Dogs Connect is excited to be partnering with Bendigo Community Health Services to improve mental health in schools across the City of Greater Bendigo. The new joint partnership is supported by the Victorian Department of Health’s Integrated Health Promotion across the City of Greater Bendigo. Now in its second year, its main aim is for [...]
Dogs have a special way of connecting people and, in particular, children. It is for this reason that dogs are finding a place in classrooms to provide much needed companionship for children who benefit from emotional and social support at school. Read the full article here.