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A typical program consists of 10 students attending 50-minute sessions over 8 weeks, although alternative schedule options are also available.

Communication on the Inside & out (click here to see program details) 

In this program, we teach students the art of effective communication, including verbal and non-verbal cues. We explore body language, facial expressions, tone of voice, and inner voice management, shifting from negativity to positivity.

Target Audience: Designed for students with ADHD, ASD, ODD, neurodiverse traits, anxiety, and those in need of support in positive communication skills. 

Friendship & Responsibility (click here to see program details) 

Students learn empathy by understanding the needs of dogs and forming meaningful relationships with them. This understanding extends to positive experiences and connections with peers and friends.

Target Audience:  ADHD, ASD, ODD, Anxiety, LGBTQI+, refugees or minority groups or students who have had friendship/bullying incidents and need support seeing their school environment as a place of safety. Through our programs, we teach children a sense of empathy by understanding the needs of a dog and the relationships that can be formed between animals and humans. 

Embrace the Change (click here to see program details) 

Our innovative Dog Assisted Learning program helps students navigate post-lockdown uncertainties and anxieties. We work with students and their teachers to foster connections and happiness in the learning environment.

Target Audience: ADHD, ASD, ODD, Neurodiverse students, students with anxiety around attending school or working with others or students who require support in positive communication skills and seeing their school environment as a positive environment. 

Transition from Primary to Secondary (click here to see program details) 

Our innovative Dog Assisted Learning program assists students in navigating uncertainties and anxieties and is pivotal in building their social and emotional skills, ensuring a successful transition from primary to secondary school.

Target Audience: This program is designed to support neurotypical and diverse students as they shift significantly from primary to secondary school. It caters to a broad range of students, including those who may experience uncertainties, anxieties, or challenges associated with this transition. 

Grief and Loss (click here to see program details)

A non-judgmental program for participants to process feelings of grief and loss. Animal Assisted Intervention helps them process their emotions and allows them space to grow.

Reading Tails (click here to see program details) 

Reading Tails program is passionate about instilling a love for books in young people. We focus on boosting confidence and reducing anxiety for reluctant readers. Using Dog Assisted Education, we create a comfortable space and offer short bursts of reading, incentives, book selection, and social interactions.

Our Library Community 

Libraries are vital anchors of community life, offering a unique "third place" beyond home and work. This program encourages students to embrace this space, interact with our Animal Assisted Education dogs, and foster a sense of community. Join us in exploring the library's rich informational, educational, cultural, and social offerings.

What Teachers Say About Our Programs

Mini and Victor have been great! They are attentive to our students and adapt to each session with ease. It is pleasing to see some of the "quieter" young people coming out and interacting with Victor.

School program feedback

What Students Say About Our Programs

'The  best  thing  about  this  program is that it calmed me down and helped me to feel  less  anxious.  I felt very stressed  a  lot  of  the time before I started  this  program.'

- Student,  Year  11  – Yarra/Darebin

Helped me to feel  less  anxious

A Success Story

Working with a child who has a moderate to severe intellectual disability

James attends a special development school and has a moderate to severe intellectual disability, paired with a rare genetic disorder which presents as severe episodes.

James has shown continued improvement in his emotional regulation and has been engaging in more programs on a regular basis. He is expressing himself using verbal language more consistently and often asks when he will be seeing the dog again.