We are an organisation that helps introduce a wellbeing dog into settings such as schools, hospitals, aged care and justice communities. We work with your community to design long term, sustainable programs to integrate your dog. We aim to achieve as many mental health benefits as possible.
Dogs Connect was first set up in school communities throughout Victoria. We have introduced wellbeing dogs in over 250 schools all around Australia and all of them have spoken of improved attendance and an openness to learn since their dog joined the community. Students and staff are happier and they have noticed less anxiety among their community.
We are now implementing our world-first wellbeing dog program into other settings such as aged care, hospitals, prisons and emergency services. The wellbeing dogs we work with are selected for each environment. Every program we build is in line with the International Standards for Animal-Assisted Intervention.
We are not a therapy dog program. We aim to create a permanent connection between a community and their wellbeing dog which leads to positive emotional and social impacts. We help communities think differently about how to achieve wellbeing.