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Beyond Pats and Chats: How Our Therapy Dogs Enhance Learning

Beyond Pats and Chats: How Our Therapy Dogs Enhance Learning

Canine Comprehension takes a holistic approach to integrating therapy dogs into educational environments beyond the traditional role of providing pats and chats.

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Preparing Our Therapy Dogs for their working day

Preparing Our Therapy Dogs for their working day

At Canine Comprehension, we understand the importance of ensuring that our therapy dogs are adequately prepared for their vital role in providing animal-assisted interventions (AAIs) in educational settings.

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Upholding Excellence and Ethics in Animal-Assisted Therapy: Canine Comprehension's Commitment to ATL Standards

Upholding Excellence and Ethics in Animal-Assisted Therapy: Canine Comprehension's Commitment to ATL Standards

Canine Comprehension is committed to upholding the highest ethical standards in all our work.

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A Day in the Life of Ebony

A Day in the Life of Ebony

Ever wonder what it's like to spend a day in the life of a Canine Comprehension therapy dog? This is the story of Ebony, a therapy dog, and her devoted mentor, Sharon.

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Activities for NDIS Learning Goals

Activities for NDIS Learning Goals

At Canine Comprehension, our individualised mentoring therapy dog programs are not just another therapy option.

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Training Therapy Dogs for School Settings

Training Therapy Dogs for School Settings

Across Australia, several organisations specialise in providing therapy dog training programs. These programs offer comprehensive training that covers various aspects of therapy dog work, including animal behaviour, human-animal interactions, and effective communication techniques.

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Building Trust: Activities that help Therapy Dogs support school connections

Building Trust: Activities that help Therapy Dogs support school connections

Canine Comprehension therapy dogs play a pivotal role in creating nurturing environments within educational settings, fostering connections that go beyond simple companionship.

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A Day in the Life of Bubbles -†a Canine Comprehension Therapy Dog working with individual students.

A Day in the Life of Bubbles -†a Canine Comprehension Therapy Dog working with individual students.

Have you ever wondered what it's like to spend a day in the paws of a Canine Comprehension therapy dog? 

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Unleashing Literacy Skills with Therapy Dogs

Unleashing Literacy Skills with Therapy Dogs

This blog summarises the literature review submitted by our mentor Kendall Richmond on March 3, 2024, entitled: How can therapy dogs support students’ emerging literacy skills?

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The Science Behind Therapy Dogs: Understanding the Benefits for Students' Mental Health

The Science Behind Therapy Dogs: Understanding the Benefits for Students' Mental Health

By understanding the science behind therapy dogs and witnessing the positive impact of programs like Canine Comprehension, educators, parents, and policymakers can better appreciate the transformative potential of these furry companions. 

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Getting to Know Our Therapy Dog Teams: Lauren & Neo

Getting to Know Our Therapy Dog Teams: Lauren & Neo

Allow us to introduce Neo, the beautiful, gentle Great Dane, and his devoted owner, Lauren.

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Therapy Dogs Making a Difference: A Look at Three Students' Journeys Through Their School Program

Therapy Dogs Making a Difference: A Look at Three Students' Journeys Through Their School Program

We learn about three distinct students—Peter, Jake, and Ryan—whose encounters with these compassionate canine companions have paved the way for remarkable transformations.

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Heartwarming Stories of Our Therapy Dogs Making a Difference with Individualised Sessions

Heartwarming Stories of Our Therapy Dogs Making a Difference with Individualised Sessions

Oh, we love to share stories about the power of mentoring with therapy dogs! At Canine Comprehension, we foster confidence, resilience, and motivation by supporting students' learning journey. 

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Training Therapy Dogs to Enjoy Life

Training Therapy Dogs to Enjoy Life

Training a dog to become a therapy dog is a noble endeavour, requiring dedication, patience, and specialised dog training skills. But beyond the formal training process lies a beautiful concept: lifestyle training.

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Navigating the World of Dog-Assisted Learning: Why Experience and Industry Leadership Matter

Navigating the World of Dog-Assisted Learning: Why Experience and Industry Leadership Matter

In recent years, the concept of integrating dogs into educational settings has gained significant traction, with schools across the globe recognising the myriad benefits of this innovative approach.

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Children hands brushing a dog

Supporting Children with Sensory Issues: The Role of Therapy Dog Handlers Children with sensory issues face unique challenges in

Sensory issues can impact a child's ability to regulate their responses to sensory stimuli, leading to difficulties in social interactions, learning, and overall well-being. In this blog, we will explore how therapy dog handlers can play a vital role in supporting children with sensory issues.

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Enhancing Student Wellbeing: The Impact of Therapy Dogs and Sensory Spaces

Enhancing Student Wellbeing: The Impact of Therapy Dogs and Sensory Spaces

At Saint Pauls Primary School Kealba, students have found a unique way to enhance their communication skills and foster friendships, thanks to the presence of Victor, a therapy dog, and his handler, Mini.

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A Generous Offer

In the heart of the season of giving, a heartwarming tale unfolded when an unexpected email brightened our days. A genuinely wonderful person reached out, expressing a desire to sponsor one of our Dog Assisted Learning programs.

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What Does the Department of Education Have to Offer in 2024

What Does the Department of Education Have to Offer in 2024

The Department of Education Victoria offers a range of school funding options designed to support diverse educational initiatives and enhance the learning experience for students. 

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Unleashing the Potential: The Role of Dogs in Assisted Learning In Education

Unleashing the Potential: The Role of Dogs in Assisted Learning In Education

The integration of dogs into schools has transcended the conventional notion of a furry companion tagging along. Embracing Dog Assisted Education means recognising the school dog as more than just a presence.

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Juliet's Journey: Teaching Resilience with Fern, the Therapy Dog

Juliet's Journey: Teaching Resilience with Fern, the Therapy Dog

Meet Juliet, an enthusiastic Canine Comprehension mentor, and her faithful companion, Fern. Juliet's journey as an educator and mentor is deeply rooted in her love for the outdoors and her passion for teaching.

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Mini's Compassion: Changing Lives with Victor, the Therapy Dog

Mini's Compassion: Changing Lives with Victor, the Therapy Dog

Meet Mini, a devoted mentor with Canine Comprehension. Residing in Melbourne with her loving husband, two beautiful children, and a delightful furry family consisting.

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Sherice's Journey: Nurturing Emotional Literacy with Jonesy, the Therapy Dog

Sherice's Journey: Nurturing Emotional Literacy with Jonesy, the Therapy Dog

Meet Sherice Marks, a devoted educator and mentor at Canine Comprehension.

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Dan's Journey: Empowering Children with Bubbles, the Therapy Dog

Dan's Journey: Empowering Children with Bubbles, the Therapy Dog

Meet Dan, a dedicated mentor at Canine Comprehension. With over 20 years of experience in the child protection sector, Dan has worked in challenging roles, including residential care, secure services, and temporary housing.

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Judy's Journey: Nurturing Young Minds with the Help of George, the Therapy Dog

Judy's Journey: Nurturing Young Minds with the Help of George, the Therapy Dog

Meet Judy, a dedicated professional with a background in early childhood education. Her passion for helping children and their families has been the driving force behind her career.

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Madeline's Journey: Empowering Youth with Ollie, the Therapy Dog

Madeline's Journey: Empowering Youth with Ollie, the Therapy Dog

Meet Madeline, a passionate newcomer to Canine Comprehension. Madeline's
journey into mentoring with Canine Comprehension began in the disability
sector, where she worked as a disability and mental health support worker.

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Bridging Hearts and Paws: Amy's Journey as a Therapy Dog Handler

Bridging Hearts and Paws: Amy's Journey as a Therapy Dog Handler

In the world of therapy dogs, there are individuals like Amy who dedicate their lives to making a difference, one wagging tail at a time.

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The Benefits of Limiting Class Sizes for Dog-Assisted Learning

The Benefits of Limiting Class Sizes for Dog-Assisted Learning

At Canine Comprehension, we take pride in offering unique and engaging experiences through our dog-assisted learning.

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Allison with her 2 dogs Jett & Ollie

Alison Bradshaw: Empowering Students with the Help of Canine Friends

Meet Alison Bradshaw, an educator with over 30 years of experience in the field of education. 

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Student with a therapy dog in a classroom

Ensuring the Safety and Well-being of Our Students: A Message from Canine Comprehension

A message from Canine Comprehension about how we ensure the safety and well-being of our students.

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child stacking objects on a dogs head

The benefits of mindfulness for kids

This post explores what mindfulness is and how it can benefit your children.

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Last chance to book Canine Comprehension programs for term 2

Last chance to book Canine Comprehension programs for term 2

The Canine Comprehension therapy dog programs are almost fully booked for term 2!

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School aged child with curly hair leading a dog on a lead through a school playground

Manís best friend still has new tricks to teach school kids

School is back, but distressingly, some children are so anxious about the return that they refuse to go.  Others attend school in a constant ‘fight or flight’ mode of anxiety. Learn about how Canine Comprehension is helping these children's mental health.

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New Holiday Program

New Holiday Program

Entertain, engage and excite young people with our new holiday programs. It's time to invite your local library, community groups and schools to run one of our Dog Assisted Learning programs during the school holidays.

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We achieve success when our students feel success

We achieve success when our students feel success

Let me share a parents perspective of one of our special clients with you.

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Celebrate the wins

Celebrate the wins

We make sure all of our students celebrate their wins - both big & small. It’s important that our company does the same. So, what recent wins have we seen?

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A typical day at work

A typical day at work

As we go where the students need us there is a lot of travel for our staff. Tutors and their therapy dogs drive from school to school, running a series of programs and incursions for groups of kids. (To be honest, the dogs don't do much of the driving, I promise!)

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My staff are the most important aspect of my business.

My staff are the most important aspect of my business.

When I aim to prioritise and look after my staff, I can feel confident they can look after our clients!

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What impact do we make in our students lives?

What impact do we make in our students lives?

We are all about facilitating emotional growth, confidence and healthy social responsiveness. We aim to prepare our students for the challenges they will face both inside and outside of the classroom.

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Looking for a mentor, but they all sound the same. We don't.

Looking for a mentor, but they all sound the same. We don't.

Oh, we stand out in the industry!
We provide legendary customer service. In 2021 we were the state winner for customer service in the Australian Achiever Awards in the category of Specialised Services - Education.

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An exciting new service is now available: Dog for a Day

An exciting new service is now available: Dog for a Day

We are all experiencing unprecedented pressure in our personal lives, as well as our work lives. Employers are struggling to find ways to support employees as workplace wellness becomes even more important. Our therapy dogs may be the answer.

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What is the best age to retire a therapy dog?

What is the best age to retire a therapy dog?

Oh, this is not an easy one to answer. But, I guess if we think about the humans we know who are close to finishing work, some people can’t wait to step into the exciting new world of retirement, and others hold onto their working life for as long as possible. I believe our dogs are the same.

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Almost any breed will do

Almost any breed will do

Therapy dogs are becoming more widely used in Australia and around the world. However, the term therapy dog itself is often defined in a few different ways, depending on which professional you are talking to.

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Canine Comprehension are ROAR Awards Finalists

Canine Comprehension are ROAR Awards Finalists

We are excited to announce that Canine Comprehension are Finalists for the prestigious ROAR Awards, in two very important categories. That of Fearless Educator and Best Advocate for Mental Health.

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A therapy dog's welfare must be taken into consideration.

A therapy dog's welfare must be taken into consideration.

Our dogs are such an important part of our business. We would not be able to connect with our clients and understand their needs as quickly as we do because our dogs help break down those barriers and build trust.

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A non-negotiable in our industry -† The Therapy dog must be safe with the children

A non-negotiable in our industry -† The Therapy dog must be safe with the children

Learn about the importance of training for therapy dogs before they get brought in to schools.

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What our customers want to feel

What our customers want to feel

We have learnt from experience that in order to build good customer relationships you need to see your clients as individuals. Individuals who are seeking a resolution to their unique problems.

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Ask our CEO, Sarah: How do you handle your work/ life balance?

Learn how Sarah has managed to create a work/life balance that works for her.

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2022 Victorian School Star Choices Guide

2022 Victorian School Star Choices Guide

Returning to onsite learning, schools continue to have a huge task of managing students' educational outcomes and balancing mental health after the social deprivation and uncertainty that COVID 19 brought to their families.

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Living the Queen Life: Margaret Foley Podcast Chat with Sarah Macdonald

Living the Queen Life: Margaret Foley Podcast Chat with Sarah Macdonald

In this episode my guest is Sarah MacDonald of Canine Comprehension. Sarah Macdonald is CEO & Founder of Canine Comprehension. After changing careers from a secondary school teacher to a dog behavioural therapist Sarah decided to combine the two and create an innovative business that looks for solutions to school disengagement and child resilience building.

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