In exciting news, Bialik College is hosting five service puppies which will be participating in school life. The dogs will spend the first year of their life socialising on campus during the day and living with a Bialik foster family at night. During this current period of isolation, the puppies will live with their foster family whilst students participate in Digital Bialik and staff work from home.
The first three Labrador puppies, Daisy, Pluto and Rian arrived at their foster families’ homes this week and the other two Lagotta puppies will arrive at homes within the next three weeks.
The Centre for Service and Therapy Dogs, Australia (CSTDA) facilitates the program and provides training for the puppies at school. At the end of the 12 month period the dogs will be transferred to their eventual partners allocated by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
In 2014 Bialik was the first school in Australasia to be involved in “Dogs for Life”, a program partnering dogs with children and teachers in a safe and controlled environment, led by a team of highly competent, skilled and experienced trainers from the CSTDA.
The aim of the program is to educate children on how to care for pets and what is correct behaviour around dogs; to share the wonderful bonding experience that can occur between dog and person; to deal with “animal fears” and much more.
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