Canine carer celebrated at Assistance Dogs Australia graduation ceremony

Skip is part of Australia’s first assistance dog program to help people living with dementia and their families. He recently graduated from the program at a ceremony for assistance dogs in Sydney.

HC Press: Australia’s first dementia assistance dog graduates

The benefits of a trained assistance dog supporting people living at home with dementia has been highlighted during a special ‘graduation ceremony’ for one of the dogs involved in the Dogs 4 Dementia program. For the full story, follow the link.

SBS story: “Canine care offers a lifeline for dementia” by Luke Water

Proud dog owners Vyrna and Rolf attended with Jiyu as Australia’s first assistance dog trained specifically for people living with dementia has ‘graduated’ at a Melbourne ceremony. For the full story please follow the link.


ABC News: Dementia Dogs, Australian-first program set to expand after promising results

ABC news featured the Dogs 4 Dementia program including Melbourne couple Vyrna and Rolf with their assistance dog Jiyu. Be sure to click on the link and watch the lovely video at the end of the article.

The Age: Assistance Dogs Australia are training labradors to help people with dementia

The Age newspaper article features photos and a beautiful story on Melbourne couple Vyrna and Rolf Beilharz, their assistance dog Jiyu and the value he has added to their lives.  Director of HammondCare’s Dementia Centre, Colm Cunningham also discusses Scotland’s Dementia Dog project and the benefits of the Dogs 4 Dementia program.

Australian Ageing Agenda

A fantastic article about Dogs 4 Dementia in the latest copy of Australian Ageing Agenda magazine.