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In the Beginning

  • Cody, the magical white standard poodle. 

  • Cody attained in his lifetime

  •  5 times Australian Champion status by the age of 1 ½ years 

  •  Canine Good Citizenship 

  • Therapy Dog Certification at 2 1/2 year old. 

  • Trained to Service dog standards to service Jody    and Jody’s son Matthew whom is a person living with Cerebral Palsy.

  • Cody gave 8 years of service to the community


  • Cody passed over the rainbow bridge in November 2012. He is sadly missed: Codys Last Weeks Information Pages >


  • The Therapy Dog Program. established in 2001, is a program to promote responsible ownership and to encourage the training of well mannered dogs and the utilization of dogs within the therapeutic process.

  • Cody the white Standard Poodle was our original dog we commenced our Therapy Dog programs with, Cody became the model and backbone of the requirements in evaluation of other dogs, leaving a huge impact and impression within our service delivery.

  • Cody's Legacy Lives On:

  • Cody's Legacy Lives On as Jody continues incorporating Animal Assisted Therapy Dog Services within her Private Practice Counselling & Mental Health Services and continues her work in Animal Assisted Activities and Animal Assisted Therapy in specialized areas within Australian Registered Charity, Not-For-Profit Organisation Therapeutic Dog Services Incorporated. 

About Clyde
  • Cody attained 5 times champion in the Show Ring, through breeder and trainer Angela Heyburn of Avonti Poodles, what a majestic perfect dog he was, with impeccable manners, and carried himself so proud and majestic.

  • Cody's Showing History

  • Would you like to donate towards our programs in Memory of Cody.

  •  Please Note: All links from this page will re direct you to TDS Inc Fundraising Page www.support-tdsinc.org

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I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free
human being with an independent will. 

 Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

About The Poodle

  • Poodles are highly trainable dogs that rarely need to be told what to do more than a few times, a keen working intelligence that makes the dog easy to command

  • a warm and personable disposition with a jolly sense of humor. 

  • Standard Poodles are the most highly recommended for families with children. 

  • They have a kindly demeanor and a love of playing games; 

  • Classified as highly energetic, poodles can also get bored fairly easily, and have been known to get creative about finding mischief: they require walks, toys, and games of fetch regularly to remain happy, they thoroughly love their work as therapy dogs because they have something to do with their day and a purpose.

  • Poodles are often cited as a hypoallergenic dog breed. Unlike most dogs that have double coats, poodles have a single layer coat (no undercoat is present) composed of the dense, tightly curled coat which slows the loss of dead hair by trapping it in the curls. Frequently brushed and bathed this removes hair, but also controls the other potent allergen, saliva.  Our poodles are groomed every day and every 6 to 8 weeks professional groomer in which gets rid of the build-up of hair. They could be considered as hypoallergenic (though not completely allergen-free). The poodle does shed in minimal amounts, but instead of the fur coming off the dog, it becomes tangled in the surrounding hair, but are not as likely to trigger allergies as much as many other breeds. 

  • Dog Shows in Australia


  • Information Source: From Wikipedia


  • Within one breed, there are puppies (dogs under 6 months), mature male dogs (subdivided by age into junior,limit (or intermediate) and open); bitches (female dogs) have corresponding classes.

  • The winners of all classes in each sex (called Puppy Dog, Limit Dog etc.) compete for Challenge (best) Dogand Challenge Bitch; the individuals who will challenge each other for the accolade Best of Breed (except dogs that are entered in "The import Register" or "Any Variety Not Separately Classified" classes, in these classes the dogs compete for "best import" or "best A.V.N.S.C."). The remaining class winners are joined by the runner-up from the class from which the challenge winner was selected and there are competitions for second place in each gender, called Reserve Challenge Dog and Reserve Challenge Bitch. This is for fairness, as one class may contain a stronger field of specimens of the breed. If the judge believes that this is the case, the Challenge Dog and Reserve Challenge Dog, for example, may both be from the same class.

  • From the two finalists (Challenge Dog and Challenge Bitch) is selected Best of Breed, best import, or best A.V.N.S.C. The runner-up is deemed Best of Opposite Sex (or Runner-up to Best of Breed). There is then a run-off in which the second best individual in the gender of the winner (the Reserve Challenge) is brought back to stand against the Best of Opposite Sex (the Challenge who did not win) for the title of Reserve Best of Breed. So, if the Best of Breed is the Challenge Bitch, the Reserve Best of Breed may be the Challenge Dog orthe Reserve Challenge Bitch.

  • In multi-breed and all-breed shows, the winners of all breeds within the kennel club's breed groups then compete. So, for example, all the Terrier Group breed winners compete to determine Best Terrier. The winner of "best import" is not allowed to compete for best in group, but is allowed a lap of honour around the main ring before group judging starts (sometimes called Best in Group). These are known as the General Specials.

  • The audience at a dog show is expected to be participatory and vocal, and often applaud the silkiest, fluffiest or more popular breeds while ignorant of the breed standards. Those who are owners and breeders may cheer for a popular handler or a sympathetic favourite from a particular breeding kennel. But of course the judge is supposed to ignore all attempts to influence the decision.

  • - Finally, the winners from each group compete for 'Best in Show'.

Good Canine Certificate

Information Source: From Wikipedia


The Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program, established in 1989, is an American Kennel Club program to promote responsible dog ownership and to encourage the training of well-mannered dogs. A dog and handler team must take a short behavioural evaluation of less than half an hour; dogs who pass the evaluation earn the Canine Good Citizen certificate, which many people represent after the dog's name, abbreviating it as CGC; for example, "Fido, CGC".

The evaluation consists of ten objectives. All items must be completed satisfactorily or the team fails. Test items include:

  • Accepting a friendly stranger.

  • Sitting politely for petting.

  • Allowing basic grooming procedures.

  • Walking on a loose lead.

  • Walking through a crowd.

  • Sitting and lying down on command and staying in place.

  • Coming when called.

  • Reacting appropriately to another dog.

  • Reacting appropriately to distractions.

  • Calmly enduring supervised separation from the owner.

Evaluators sometimes combine elements during the actual test.

If all ten objectives are met, the handler can apply for a certificate and special dog tag from the AKC stating that the dog has earned the CGC.

Dogs do not have to be registered with the AKC to earn a CGC, nor do they have to be purebred or, in fact, registered with any canine organization. The goal is to promote good citizenship for all dogs.

Since its inception, the CGC program has become the model for similar programs around the world, is the backbone of other exams, such as those given for therapy dogs, and is a good starting point for more advanced dog training.

Service Dog What is a Service Dog?


A Service Dog is trained over a two year period to assist people with physical disabilities inside and outside of the home.

A Service Dog can provide independence and freedom that would not be achievable otherwise and can reduce reliance on a human caregiver but is not a replacement.


A Service Dog has full public access rights meaning they are allowed in any public place* and on all public transport. It is illegal to refuse entry to a Service Dog*.

People who receive a Service Dog are provided with a photographic identity badge as proof of Service Dog status which they must take with them in public.

What can a Service Dog do?


Inside the house the dogs are trained to do tasks including, but not limited to:

  • Retrieving dropped items

  • Opening and closing doors, wardrobes and drawers

  • Opening and retrieving items from the fridge

  • Pulling washing out of the machine (front loaders only)

  • Removing items of clothing such as socks and jumpers

  • Retrieving the phone

  • Alert bark if their owner fall out of their wheelchair or is in danger


Outside of the home they can;

  • Press the buttons at the traffic lights and lifts

  • Accompany their owner on public transport

  • Brace when need to support their owner if they become unstable in their chair

  • Emergency bark

  • Deliver and retrieve items at the shop counter

  • Help carry or pick up shopping items

Codys History as a Service Dog


Cody was trained to Service Dog Standards due to his intelligence and size.
Cody serviced Matthew whom is a person living with a disability, Cerebral Palsy, whom is wheelchair bound and uses a computer device to communicate.

Cody had been servicing Matthew and Mother (Jody) for 8 years.
On Matthews life adventures, moving out into a community house setting, and moving on to a busy day options agenda, this left Cody finding he wasn't so much needed in assisting Matthew in everyday life.  
Cody loved working, he was somewhat out of sorts with this change, So we found other ways to help the community and to keep Cody happy utilizing his skills. 

Cody continued to work in conjunction within Jody's Private Practise of Mental Health & Counselling Services, he continued his regular visits during the week to Matthews community house, and serviced him on weekends on his outings.

Cody's and Jody's work continued incorporating working with Delta Partners, and continued in specialized areas within Mental Health & Counselling Services and forming Australian Registered Charity, Therapeutic Dog Services Incorporated.

Therapy Dogs. The dog and handler work as a team to provide a service to people with disabilities. There are a number of terms used to describe these dogs and the work they do. Therapy Dogs, Animal Assisted Therapy, Pet Therapy and Pet Facilitated Activity are just a few of the descriptions (Crawford and Pomerinke 170). All Therapy Dogs must go through similar testing and certification before they can be called Therapy Dog and work in the health care industry.

These dogs can be the smallest toy breed to the largest sporting dog. They are both pedigreed or simple mutt. DOGS and their handlers go through a training and certification process to ensure the highest quality of care for the population they serve.

There are a number of certification organizations, all dogs must be evaluated and tested by Certified Therapy Dog Organisation Evaluators. Dog-handler teams must be re-certified on a consistent basis to maintain the integrity of the program.

It takes a special disposition to actually be an effective Therapy Dog, all dogs are qualified or have the temperament suited to be a Therapy Dog.

Dogs must pass eleven tests on behaviour, disposition and training.  The eleven tests include basic behaviour such as sitting, staying, coming when called and sitting politely when being TOUCHED. Dogs must show confidence when exposed to people walking with an uneven gait, shuffling, breathing heavily, coughing, wheezing or other distractions which may be encountered in a facility.

Therapy Dog candidates are also tested on their reaction to other dogs and to distractions. They are tested on If the dog shows any sign of aggression or negative reaction, such as growling or barking, the dog is immediately disqualified.

This type of treatment is a modern day use of dogs, and until the late seventies there was not a lot of research to support what many health care professionals intuitively knew. The lack of solid data was one of the catalysts in the formation of a non-profit organization known as The Delta Society. Today thanks to funding by the Delta Society, more institutions and formal research facilities are confirming the evidence that work with animals and dogs in particular help people heal in a variety of ways.

Cody's 8 years  Working History as a Therapy Dog

As a Therapy Dog visiting multiple community facilities throughout Adelaide, South Australia, supporting organisations listed below:

  • worked each day of each week between his service dog working role and therapy dog working role

  • had vigorous training, training foundation originated from the show ring

  • Specifically trained to working in various stressful environments

  • Extensive experience working with clients living with acute illness, living with various degrees of disability and the ageing population

  • Extensive experience working with individual clients or large groups

  • 8 years extensive service as a Therapy Dog, supporting various SA clients and organisations

  • Cody was comical, entertaining, and brimming with personality. 

  •  eager to please by being calm, confident and placid.

  • Cody was a dog that loved hanging with the humans and was always up close and personal

  • Cody was a balanced, calm dog whom can work a room. Cody could always be off lead and knew exactly what his role was weather it be in his service dog role or therapy dog role. He new naturally what to do and always did what he is told, and how to get along peacefully and gracefully in this world.

  • always got on fabulously with other dogs , showing amazing good manners. 

  • was always very friendly right from the get-go and will approach anyone and everyone

  • Codys best pack friend member was Sebastian, Sebastian as a young pup tried to mirror Codys personality in his growing up days They keep each other company , they play together, and keep each other entertained out side of their working times.

  • When Cody was not working you would find him entertaining himself with the pack, playing chasing games and ball games between them all, on his down time you can find him seeking out a couch for comfort and watching over all other dogs  like the god father.

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