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I came across the Young Diggers Dog Squad at Newmarket strangely enough while taking my dog for a walk. What a coincidence. After walking up the street, seeing the sign and being a little curious as to what it was all about, I decided to investigate more.
What is The Dog Squad?
What I discovered is while Young Diggers Ltd offers several rehabilitative Programs for military personnel, it is the Dog Squad program which provides members with help and practical support to enhance the quality of life for both the dog and the individual.
The Young Diggers Dog Squad trains rescued dogs to become Assistance Dogs to support the rehabilitation of serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force members who are dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD). This program is helping more than just the individuals. The Dog Squad helps Defence families to better cope with the effects of PTSD and saves the lives of abandoned dogs.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition that can develop in response to single or repeated exposure to traumatic events including war.
Research has found that pets significantly improve our health and well being. Stroking, hugging, or otherwise touching a loving animal can rapidly calm and soothe us when we're stressed or anxious. The companionship of a pet can also ease loneliness, and most dogs are a great stimulus for healthy exercise, which can substantially boost your mood and ease depression.
The Bunker Dog Squad Training courses involve lessons and tasks which are run from "The Bunker". These include obedience and agility training, assessment and dog care and wellness theory (covering topics such as hygiene, nutrition and first- aid).' Ultimately, Young Diggers believe that the glue that keeps the Dog Squad community together is 'Dog Medicine'.
The Bunker" which is located in the suburban Thurlow Street is set back from the road and down a lane in a space shared by three other small businesses on the site. The charcoal wooden shed is simple and practical for the task at hand and offers a relaxed space for learning and gathering.
Bunkers are also located in New South Wales and Victoria.
What else? Young Diggers welcomes volunteers in administrative and dog training roles and can be contacted to discuss sponsorship and membership. For more information, check out their website at www.youngdiggers.com.au