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Paws in Practice

I had the pleasure of seeing Helen and Ned in action today at Kilberry Valley Primary School. They are running the F & R program with a young group of active & eager students.

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Ever wondered what it takes to become a mentor with Canine Comprehension?

Ever wondered what it takes to become a mentor with Canine Comprehension?

Former educators, social workers, and allied health professionals have found a renewed sense of purpose upon certifying their dogs with Canine Comprehension and joining our team. But what exactly does it entail to become part of this team?

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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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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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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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Meet Rini & her therapy dog Diana. Photo of Diana in Canine Comprehension Uniform

Offering dog assisted programs in Mallacoota

We are delighted to be able to offer funded animal assisted programs to facilitate supportive connections in the Mallacoota area and surrounding locations.

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A journey from kids to dogs ... and back again

A journey from kids to dogs ... and back again

Let me tell you a little about how I ended up training dogs to teach kids how to learn. I have always loved dogs. I have always loved stories. I didn't always love reading. When I was a kid, I often hated being in the classroom. I found school work difficult, boring and often pointless.

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Letís talk about cleanliness

Letís talk about cleanliness

Our AAI dogs are in classrooms and homes everyday. Having a dog work around children requires that dog to have the highest standards of training, cleanliness and manners. 
 

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AAI: What is it?

AAI: What is it?

The Canine Comprehension team dedicate their days to encourage children to enjoy learning. The ‘tools’ we use to motivate children are Animal Assisted Intervention (AAI) dogs.

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Oscar the Dogs smiling face

A Reminder to be Mindful of My Students Worries

Oscar, my dog and co worker had to go to the vet yesterday. He had an odd lump on his gum, which had turned funny and we thought we better get it checked out. The vet wanted to surgically remove it, just in case it was something nasty. So I found myself at the vet hospital at 7.00am dropping the little guy off for a day procedure.

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Training our AAI dogs

Training our AAI dogs

One of our biggest challenges when talking to potential clients about how Canine Comprehension can improve the lives of young people through Animal Assisted Intervention (AAI) activities is explaining the high training expectations of our dogs. 

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My dogs help me manage stress and anxiety

My dogs help me manage stress and anxiety

I have a pretty unique job. I run a company that brings therapy dogs into schools to help young people widen their perspective around mental health so they can get to a place where they are ready to learn. And I love my job!

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Have you met: Chachka and Jovana

Have you met: Chachka and Jovana

Chachka is a 3 year old mixed breed dog who makes many of our students smile, feel more comfortable at school and encouraged to learn. Jovana, our Tutor rescued Chachka from ‘Starting Over Dog Rescue’ in February 2016. She was found wandering the streets pregnant when she was only one year old.

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