The Strength in Choice: Why Granting Dogs Autonomy Matters

2024-03-05T13:30:33+10:00March 5th, 2024|

As dog guardians, we hold a profound desire to ensure our dogs lead content, satisfying lives. We shower them with affection, provide top-notch nutrition, and establish safe environments. Yet, there's a crucial element often overlooked: granting dogs choices. In the realm of dog training and care, the concept of choice is gaining momentum. It's grounded [...]

Helping hounds lift student health, but experts warn regulation is lacking

2024-01-14T00:25:41+10:00September 24th, 2023|

Read about the great work St Helena Secondary College are doing with their wellbeing dogs - Frankie and Ash. Principal Karen Terry explains the positive impact on student well being and the influence Frankie and Ash are having in fostering a sense of community. While some schools, like St Helena, partner with Dogs Connect to [...]

Understanding and Overcoming Attachment Nervousness in Dogs: A Guide for Pet Parents

2024-01-14T00:24:37+10:00September 6th, 2023|

As devoted pet parents, it's natural for us to form deep bonds with our furry companions. However, some dogs may experience Attachment Nervousness, which can lead to unwanted behaviours and emotional distress for both the dog and their human family.  In this blog post, we will explore what attachment nervousness is, its causes, and provide [...]

Connecting With Students, Staff And Families Is All In A Day’s Work For Luna The Wellbeing Groodle

2024-01-13T20:52:26+10:00August 11th, 2023|

Thank you to Claire Halliday - The Bursa, for this follow up article as Luna's impactful role is highlighted at Caulfield Junior College in Melbourne. Luna's presence at the school gate each morning has proven to make a significant difference in students' emotions and attitudes towards school. Prep teacher Georgia Leonard-Shannon explains the positive influence [...]

A pawesome new teacher

2023-08-09T14:28:45+10:00July 20th, 2023|

A big thank you to Liam McNally and the team at Star Weekly for their article about Bunji. Bunji the Groodle is doing amazing things with staff and students at Melton Specialist School. Well done to Principal Brooke Briody, facilitator Patsy Remboulis and Allied Health Leader Monika Michailides for all the amazing work they have [...]

Is MY dog an eligible candidate for being a wellbeing dog?

2024-01-14T00:25:07+10:00July 11th, 2023|

Is MY dog an eligible candidate for being a wellbeing dog? As the founder of the Dogs Connect Program in Australia and someone who is passionate about animal welfare and aligning with international standards for Animal Assisted Education, I often receive inquiries regarding the suitability of dogs as school wellbeing companions. Addressing this question [...]

Pawsitive Education: How wellbeing dogs are transforming the school day

2024-01-14T00:30:38+10:00June 22nd, 2023|

Read about how Westbourne Grammar School partnered with Dogs Connect to work through post COVID-19 challenges with their beautiful wellbeing Dog Maple. Amid concerns over declining attendance and worsening student mental well-being following COVID-19 lockdowns, data shows a significant drop in national primary and high school attendance in 2022. Approximately 20% of students report low [...]

Murray the wellbeing dog brings joy and calm to Bourchier St Primary School

2023-10-25T18:34:32+10:00May 31st, 2023|

A big thank you to Student Addy Ricardo, Principal Gary D'Arma and the team at Shepparton News for this fantastic story about Murray, the wellbeing dog at Bourchier Street Primary School. Click here to read all about Murray, the one-year-old bundle of joy, who has brought immeasurable happiness and comfort to students and staff alike.

Sunny Wellbeing Dog 7NEWS

2023-05-24T15:35:26+10:00April 26th, 2023|

Watch this video to see the wonderful work that Sunny is doing at St John of God Murdoch Hospital. Sunny is doing a fantastic job brightening the lives of many staff and patient. Great work Sunny! Click Here to watch the 7NEWS story on Sunny the Wellbeing Dog.  

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