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Set your pets up for a summer of success – 08/01/2019

People do strange things over summer. They visit people and places they wouldn’t normally visit, have parties, enjoy loud explosions that light up the night sky. Why do some of our pets not cope with festivities and what can we do to ensure they do?

Dogs to be trained to support war veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder – 03/06/2018

For Australian war veterans suffering post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the loyalty and friendship of assistance dogs can help them on the path to recovery. Now evidence of the special relationship between dogs and veterans will be scientifically examined for the first time in Australia.

A trial program based in Bendigo will train puppies to assist veterans suffering from PTSD – 01/06/2018

Returning from a war zone back to everyday life can present an array of challenges for veterans. The unfortunate reality is some may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder upon returning home. However, after years of work looking at the relationship between humans and animals, Associate Professor Pauleen Bennett has found a way to help veterans.

La Trobe leads assistance dog project – 30/05/2018

La Trobe University will lead an innovative program to train assistance dogs for veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

What Do Dogs See in Mirrors? – 31/08/2017

Dogs don’t use mirrors to refer back to themselves like we do. No dog will ever gaze into a mirror and reflect, “So THAT’S what my ears look like.” But that shouldn’t suggest mirrors are meaningless to dogs. Instead, their relationship with mirrors seems to come in three equally interesting flavors.

Why do people want their pets to be Instagram famous? – 19/08/2017

Social media’s tendency for canine worship has given rise to a new breed of celebrity dog — what’s become known as the pupfluencer. Pupfluencers are well groomed, aptly accessorised dogs with exuberant personalities and growing online fan bases.

The Personality Differences Between Cat And Dog People Are Exactly What You’d Expect – 10/06/2017

When it comes to classifying ‘cat’ and ‘dog’ people, there are two pretty distinct stereotypes. A dog lover is a ball of boundless, lovable energy potentially lacking in the smarts department; whereas a cat lover is a shrewd introvert who could take or leave your affection, frankly.

Four-legged friends boost student learning – 05/10/2016

Students at St Monica’s Primary School in Kangaroo Flat had a little extra help with their classwork recently in the form of four-legged teachers’ aids, courtesy of Righteous Pups. The Bendigo not-for-profit teamed up with researches from La Trobe University to find out whether assistance dogs could help improve the pupils’ learning.

A round of paws for Australia’s first dedicated dog behaviour lab based at La Trobe University in Bendigo – 03/12/2015

Questions that have dogged humans for decades about the behaviour of their canine companions could soon be answered in Bendigo. Australia’s first dedicated dog behaviour and cognition laboratory has opened at La Trobe University’s Bendigo campus.

Pets on Prozac – 19/03/2015

Why is Felix in such a flap? Is Fido just having a dog day afternoon, or could it be something more serious? Maybe it’s time for some pills to calm them down, writes Mark White.

Not a study of Ants – 19/07/2013

Never seen the word “Anthrozoology” before? That’s okay. If you looked at the word and focused on the “ant” part, then try again. Instead, “Anthro” and “Zoology” are the interesting bits, and broadly speaking anthrozoology is the study of human-animal interactions and relationships.


La Trobe University is a public research university based in Victoria, Australia. Established in 1964, La Trobe University now accommodates over 36,000 students and operates across regional and rural campuses.