WAGS: Therapy dog workshops to improve our responses to people in need

The WAGS team of dogs are powerful educators in what may be the first training ever offered in NSW on how to use dogs to improve our ability to respond to people in need.

Training workshops are being offered in Armidale, Tamworth, Inverell and Glen Innes from next week.

This training offers participants the opportunity to see their work through an entirely unique lens: through the eyes of an experienced therapy dog.

“Dogs provide us with an accurate and up to the minute reflection of our best selves,” says founder of WAGS and Youth Worker Penny Lamaro

“Their real time, immediate feedback to social cues makes them an invaluable training tool for people who work with people.” 

WAGS is one of the most popular and effective early intervention programs for young people in the New England, seeing at least 80 young people every week. Penny explains: “The WAGS dogs provide therapeutic care for trauma and behavioural issues in a safe and engaging setting”

WAGS have a strong history of capacity building in schools, community organisations, Child Protection and Juvenile Justice teams, Out of Home Care staff, AOD rehabilitation teams and youth work organisations.

WAGS training is useful for community service workers, teachers and parents who want to understand and communicate with their children more effectively.

WAGS is offering this training in regional NSW for what may be the first time for any organisation in NSW. Other training can show you how to train your dog, this training shows you how to train the human. No previous experience or qualifications are required. Dogs supplied.

For more information contact Penny Lamaro on 0481 533 394 or pennylamaro@gmail.com or go to www.wagsthedog.org