Therapy Dogs for Professionals
More and more schools and counsellors are contacting us to provide professional training for their dogs, and for themselves.
We are seeing an increase in the use of Therapy dogs in schools and agencies across Victoria.
K9 Support Therapy dogs become a unique part of helping with:
- Kindness towards others
- Lowering of instances of anger
- Lowering anxiety
- And much mor
These dogs work with Wellness Coordinators, and Teachers in schools, they come to work each day and become part of the Wellness Team, working with children with anxiety, anger issues, and to help young children with their reading and communication skills.
Dogs offer unconditional love and support. They do not judge. They are known to lower blood pressure and anxiety, giving children the ability to talk.
They give permission for children to just be themselves.
K9 Support offers a range of options for training.
Our dogs are trained as Therapy dogs or Facility dogs.
We provide all training for handlers.
K9 Support dogs are trained to work in a Therapy Session within an agency, working with Counsellors to help adults and children who have experienced trauma.
We have seen an increase in Counselling agencies, and private Counsellors contacting us for professionally trained Therapy and Facility dogs.
Agencies working with K9 Support have witnessed a lowering of anxiety in their clients from the first session with dogs we place with them. Children feel a connection and may bond with the dog immediately. Wonderfully, when they leave, at the end of the session they ask when they can see their special friend again.
Clients, who have been through Trauma, find the dogs a calming presence. They help to keep them in the here and now. As they focus on the dog, they are able to tell their story, with support from the dog that humans cannot provide.
Dogs are also extremely helpful with Vicarious Trauma. They can help the staff as much as the clients. This helps with staff retention, and truly helps with staff morale and emotional wellness.
K9Support dogs are encouraged to attend peer support meetings and supervision within the office.
If you are considering incorporating a dog in you agency, please contact us, and we can find a training program best suited to your agency.
Please call us or send us an email if you are considering a dog in your workplace, and we can discuss the best option for you and your school.
Mobile: 0488 585 771