Want to raise a puppy for science?

Want to be part of our innovative program to train assistance dogs for veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at the Bendigo Campus, or at our Melbourne campus in Bundoora?

La Trobe students and staff are currently being invited to adopt a puppy for about 12 months, helping train the four-legged furballs to become mental health assistance dogs.

La Trobe University’s Anthrozoology Research Group – Dog Lab – is partnering with the Centre for Service and Therapy Dogs of Australia (CSTDA) to evaluate a puppy raising program based at La Trobe University. You are invited to participate in this project if you are over the age of 18 and a continuing (for at least the next 12 months) staff or student member of the LTU community.

For more information, please contact Tiffani Howell: DogsOnCampus@latrobe.edu.au

Please share this information with anyone who may be interested.

Watch the below video of Sarah, who’s training an assistance dog in Bendigo, to see what’s involved.

Please note: La Trobe was previously recruiting puppy socialisers (helpers who would occasionally mind or train the puppies). Due to COVID-19 restrictions, no socialiser positions are currently available. We are only recruiting puppy raisers until further notice.