My idea is to link the positive, life-changing outcomes that are so clearly evident in rescue dogs to early childhood learning so that children are taught emotional intelligence and the impacts of trauma are dealt with early and thereby minimised.

Trauma impacts the brain. Neuroplasticity shows that the brain can be changed, that the damage done need not be lifelong. Love also changes the brain and can be utilised to help with this rewiring. Rescue dogs are a highly visible example of how this can and does happen. Children love dogs. Learning from this area can be transplanted into assisting children to thrive from a basis of self-knowledge and emotional and mental health. They need not be traumatised for this to have lifelong value and leaning in this area can make trauma in later life less likely and less damaging.

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