Rehabilitative Training at The Nelson ARK

'We believe that bringing young people together with animals is an ideal way to help them understand compassion, empathy and respect for animals, themselves and others.'
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The APART Programme is unique in that it combines the powerful combination of dog training and the Healing Species Violence Education/Character Education Programme...

The APART Programme is unique in that it combines the powerful combination of dog training and the Healing Species Violence Education/Character Education Programme.

Upon course completion, the dogs and students participate in a graduation day and receive their certificates...

Upon course completion, the dogs and students participate in a graduation day and receive their certificates.

... It [dog training] also offers young people the opportunity to learn co-operative and considerate ways of dealing with problems which may arise during the training, which in turn provides alternative coping strategies in their own life. The programme gives youth an opportunity to participate in positive, rewarding experiences where respect for themselves, other people and animals is reinforced.

Dog trainer Sue Walsh says, 'Well done to all our students and dogs who did a fantastic job at Graduation today. We are SOOO proud! Here is a photo of Sara with her dog Rex having a moment after the graduation ceremony.

Dog Training: Each young person is matched with a previously unwanted dog. Under our dog trainer, they are responsible for training their dogs over the eight week course...

Dog Training: Each young person is matched with a previously unwanted dog. Under our dog trainer, they are responsible for training their dogs over the eight week course.

To promote the opportunity to consider others’ perspectives and to develop respect for all creatures.

To promote the opportunity to consider others’ perspectives and to develop respect for all creatures.

At the end of the course the dog is  put up for adoption.

At the end of the course the dog is put up for adoption.

The programme gives youth an opportunity to participate in positive, rewarding experiences where respect for themselves, other people and animals is reinforced. At the end of the course the dog is  put up for adoption.

The programme gives youth an opportunity to participate in positive, rewarding experiences where respect for themselves, other people and animals is reinforced. At the end of the course the dog is put up for adoption.

...Dog training teaches the value of patience, discipline and hard work.

Dog training teaches the value of patience, discipline and hard work.

...To offer a positive environment for animal and human alike .To encourage and allow both to develop more beneficial communication and coping skills...

To offer a positive environment for animal and human alike .To encourage and allow both to develop more beneficial communication and coping skills.


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