EUROA Secondary Students received a visit from some furry friends last week, with the second installation of the Dogs Connect Program getting underway. Dogs Sonny and Jack, along with their human helper Grant visited the students to help discuss body language, movement and empathy. The session was aimed around helping the students improve their [...]
The very sight of a dog sitting in a classroom can add a sense of security and warmth to children. “It is something about the dog which reminds the children of a family environment, a child will connect to a dog and the relationship provides huge emotional benefits,” Grant Shannon said. Mr Shannon runs the [...]
The Dogs Connect team enjoyed catching up with Abigail Blaikie from Win News and sharing how the Dogs Connect program has grown and spread across regional Victoria. Abigail came to visit California Gully Primary School and meet their dog Milli and pick up where she left off with Sonny.
Dogs are Helping Students with Mental Health Issues in some Victorian schools, as part of a new program
Thanks to the team at Sky News for telling the Dogs Connect story on Wednesday 19th September 2018.
DOGS HELPING KIDS IN THE CLASSROOM With one in seven primary and secondary students experiencing a mental health issue, schools are searching for new ways to support children’s emotional and social well-being to improve engagement and learning. The Dogs Connect program began in Bendigo and involves introducing a dog as a permanent member of [...]
Sonny has been with St Francis of the Fields primary school since he was eight weeks old. He lives at the school as part of the Dogs Connect program that teaches students how to develop their social and emotional. Owner grant Shannon said Sonny’s schedule is very full. “This is the life he is used [...]