Curriculum based program
Our evidence-based programs are comprehensive with lasting outcomes .
We believe in inclusiveness because this helps to form positive environments, which in turn, will create a positive educational learning space. Our specially designed, evidence- based programs successfully work with a wide variety of children with a broad spectrum of needs and personalities. We take a holistic approach to learning. We work with the teachers, parents/ carers and the students and empower them to work together as a team to teach the students the tools they need to flourish so they feel comfortable to learn. Our Animal Assisted Interventions (AAE), educated dogs support our highly trained educators to disseminate our in class programs across your school or facility. Our curriculum-based programs are aligned with the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood and can be integrated easily into the essential learning program as part of your school’s curriculum.
Communication on the inside and out
Throughout our programs we teach students to develop an awareness and understanding of verbal and non-verbal communication indicators. We work with indicators as tone of voice, body language, facial gestures plus vocal conversations. Our program also highlights the inner voice that we all experience and how we can channel our inner voice from hearing only negativity into positivity.
Friendship and Responsibility
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 animal and human. This understanding that dogs need emotional support and caring helps students to respond to the needs of the dog and in turn, begin to understand that life is about positive experiences and relationships whether with humans or animals.
Embrace the Change
For many children change can be excruciating and scary, for example moving schools. It can be a paralysing feeling. Through an innovatively designed program, we can work with the family, the student and new school to minimise those feelings of anxiousness and trepidation.
We can educate schools to look for triggers in students that would benefit from one of our tailored programs.
Grief and loss
During our life, we all, unfortunately, experience loss and sadness. It is the grief that can take over our wellbeing and we begin to experience negative feelings and emotions. The inclusion of our trained tutors and support dogs helps the participant to relax and open up about the feelings they are experiencing. Our Animal Assisted Intervention dogs offer a non-judgemental space that can relax and encourage a participant to process their feelings and begin to understand how to function and grow alongside these feelings.
We love books and we want young people to feel the same. Focused on building confidence and reducing anxiety for reluctant readers. Reading Tails uses the fun of Dog Assisted Education to support reluctant readers by creating a comfortable space, short bursts of reading, providing incentives, allowing students to select their books, discussing the books being read and making reading a social experience. Reading Tails is an ongoing club format, run in a library setting, usually on Saturdays or Sundays. We create a program to work with the library's specific needs therefore prices vary - contact us for a quote.
Our Library Community
“Libraries offer people a “third place”, separate from home or work, and are anchors of community life, facilitating creative interactions between people” (Oldenberg, 1991). We want to encourage young people to utalise that 'third place' for their own wellbeing. Libraries play a vital role in our community, they are fundamentally important informational, educational, cultural, and social institutions. This 8 week program encourages students to feel a sense of that community by gathering, exploring and interacting with our Animal Assisted Education dogs and their local or school library.
What Teachers Say About Our Programs
"Mill Park Heights Primary school were privileged to be able to participate in the Canine Comprehension Program. We certainly recommend Sarah and Minnie to other schools where children have worries."
Teacher - Mill Park Heights Primary School, Mill Park
What Students Say About Our Programs
‘Learning how to connect/play with dogs and staying less anxious with dogs.’
Student, Grade 6