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Puppies start journey to help with PTSD
18 March, 2019
Four-legged furry companions began popping up all over La Trobe University’s Bendigo campus, as an innovative program to help veterans living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) last week.

La Trobe University Bendigo starts puppy training program to help veterans living with PTSD
13 March, 2019
A new program teaching puppies how to assist veterans living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has started at La Trobe University Bendigo.

A $2-million pilot program has begun at Bendigo’s La Trobe University, with eight puppies being trained to help veterans suffering PTSD [VIDEO]
12 March, 2019
They’re the latest students to enrol at La Trobe University. For these puppies, it’s all about socialisation.

Some new four-legged students have started at La Trobe this week, as part of an innovative program helping service veterans living with PTSD [VIDEO]
12 March, 2019
They’re the newest members on campus, with some very important lessons to learn.

Set your pets up for a summer of success

8 January, 2019
Why do some of our pets not cope with festivities and what can we do to ensure they do?

A Bendigo team will take centre stage in a landmark study connecting therapy dogs with veterans dealing with Post Traumatic Stress [VIDEO]
20 November, 2018
Our canine companions, by our side, helping us feel safe and secure.

Experts say that the power of assistance dogs to help humans recover from trauma or illness appears almost unlimited [VIDEO]
06 September, 2018
A former policeman who was shot and almost killed has fought his way back after years of mental health issues thanks to the companionship of his dog.

Spotlight on Research: Dr. Tammie King
02 August, 2018
IAABC recently talked to Dr. Tammie King about her research and how she moved from academia to her current role at WALTHAM, one of the most well-known and privately funded companion animal research facilities outside of a university.

Dogs to be trained to support war veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder
03 June, 2018
For Australian war veterans suffering post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the loyalty and friendship of assistance dogs can help them on the path to recovery.

Vital help on four legs on the way for veterans
01 June, 2018
A trial program based in Bendigo will train puppies to assist veterans suffering from PTSD.

La Trobe leads assistance dog project
30 May, 2018
La Trobe University will lead an innovative program to train assistance dogs for veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Former service personnel will soon have access to assistance dogs [VIDEO] 30 May, 2018
La Trobe Uni has partnered with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, conducting a $2 million trial to help veterans overcome post-traumatic stress.

Don’t dress up dogs and cats for Facebook, Instagram: RSPCA
28 May, 2018
On social media, you’ll find all manner of weird and wacky animals.

What’s in the eyes of a dog? Understanding canine vision
7 March, 2018
Do we really understand the visual sensory and perceptual systems of dogs well enough to interpret and validate the results of visual-based cognitive testing?

Therapy dogs on campus [VIDEO] 7 March, 2018
Dogs present at La Trobe University provide an opportunity for students who are missing their pets to feel a little more at home while at university.

La Trobe University researchers have embarked on an ambitious project to train pet dogs to become conservationists [VIDEO] 16 August, 2017
La Trobe University is exploring whether volunteers and their pet dogs can be trained to do conservation work.

Pupfluencers: Why do people want their pets to be Instagram famous?
19 August, 2017
Social media’s tendency for canine worship has given rise to a new breed of celebrity dog — what’s become known as the pupfluencer.

The Personality Differences Between Cat And Dog People Are Exactly What You’d Expect
10 June, 2017
When it comes to classifying ‘cat’ and ‘dog’ people, there are two pretty distinct stereotypes. A dog lover is a ball of boundless, lovable energy potentially lacking in the smarts department; whereas a cat lover is a shrewd introvert who could take or leave your affection, frankly.

Need Help with Portion Control? Don’t Ask a Dog for Help
27 December, 2016
Dogs are not tripped up by the Delboeuf illusion, but we are.

Dog research leads to Bendigo
9 November, 2016
Anthrozoology. The word itself is no walk in the park – even spell check can’t compute. But it’s fast becoming everyday talk on the Bendigo campus, thanks to Dr Pauleen Bennett and her band of PhD candidates.

Grade one and two students at St Monica’s in Kangaroo Flat practise their reading on dogs. [VIDEO] 5 October, 2016
Grade one and two students at St Monica’s in Kangaroo Flat have had incredible results from a program practising their reading on dogs.

Dogs Are More In Tune With A Woman’s Hormones Than You Think
10 June, 2016
Pregnant? It might explain your dog’s attentive behaviour.

A round of paws for Australia’s first dedicated dog behaviour lab based at Latrobe University in Bendigo
3 December, 2015
Australia’s first dedicated dog behaviour and cognition laboratory has opened at Latrobe University’s Bendigo campus.

Are Bendigonians bad pet owners?
21 October, 2015
People often choose to live in rural and regional Victoria to have more animals in their lives – but too many buy pets without doing their homework on which species is best suited to their lifestyle and how best to look after them.

Controversial breed-specific laws to curb dog attacks criticised as ‘canine racism’ by some owners
25 March, 2015
Melbourne’s northern and western suburbs are home to the most registered restricted dogs in the state, a survey of all Victorian councils by Leader Newspapers has found.

Why science can’t really tell us whether pets are good for health
27 December, 2013
Links between human health and pet ownership are of widespread community interest but there’s little clarity about the issue in scientific circles.

Why Victorians are a pet-loving lot
15 November, 2012
Eighty per cent of Victorians living with pets believe their animals are vital to their happiness, according to a study released this week.

Pet subject inspires some big thinking
20 March, 2012
Every dog owner knows being welcomed home by a dog’s full-body wiggle rarely fails to warm the heart. And although nobody ever really owns a cat, coming home to a purring pet is, well, the cat’s miaow.

Your dog’s not spoiled, you’re just well trained
17 May, 2011
Socks and jocks are torn from the clothesline and pot plants strewn all over the porch. Do you think that hang-dog look on your pup’s face signifies guilt?