Primary Role

Dog Assisted Interventions Team

Primary Role

Animal Assisted Intervention (AAI) professional therapists whom train animals & their humans specifically for this level of professional work in healthcare and social service settings.

Animal Assisted activities (AAA) provide opportunities for motivation, education, or recreation to enhance quality of life. Animal assisted activities are delivered in a variety of environments by specially trained professionals, paraprofessionals, or volunteers in association with animals that meet specific criteria.

 

Animal Assisted Education (AAE)

is goal directed intervention programs in which an animal meeting specific criteria is an integral part of the educational process. Delivered and/or directed by health & human service provider working within the scope of their profession.  

These dogs are exceptionally well behaved dogs, extensive training and experience.

 

  • These dogs work 5 to 6 days a week

  • These dogs are owned by TDS Inc and work as part of the TDS Inc professional health care team

  • These dogs work individually, however you will more than often see them working in a pack. 

  • These dogs work and are handled by various TDS Inc dog handlers.

  • These dogs have had vigorous training

  • Specifically trained to working in various stressful environments

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

  • Extensive experience working with individual clients or large groups

  • Extensive experience working as a pack

Our working teams of professionals, handlers and dogs are on the job 6 days a week, and can be seen throughout South Australia, delivering programs within various SA Service Providers facilitys such as hospitals, retirement centres, schools, homeless shelters, disability services, community events and service delivery of Animal Assisted Activities Programs within  Centres Fulham and Seaton. 

Animal Assisted Therapy  (AAT) is a goal-directed intervention in which a dog is incorporated as an intergral part of the clinical health-care treatment process.

  • Between 8 weeks and 12 weeks of age our puppy comes to Therapeutic Dog Services and is placed with a puppy socialiser, who takes him into their home and looks after him.

     

    Our socialisers tasks are:

  • caring for the puppy’s well being 

  • carrying out routine health checks, 

  • ensuring he is the correct weight, 

  • and grooming. 

  • a developed puppy’s training schedule is followed in their home setting

  • a developed puppy’s training schedule is followed in a controlled environment, that is somewhere different to their home setting.

  • Between 8 weeks and 12 weeks of age our puppy comes to Therapeutic Dog Services and is placed with a puppy socialiser, who takes him into their home and looks after him.

     

    Our socialisers tasks are:

  • caring for the puppy’s well being 

  • carrying out routine health checks, 

  • ensuring he is the correct weight, 

  • and grooming. 

  • a developed puppy’s training schedule is followed in their home setting

  • a developed puppy’s training schedule is followed in a controlled environment, that is somewhere different to their home setting.

  • First 6 months:

  •          Focus on providing care, routine and consistency

  • Our method of training uses natural learning: "classical conditioning", "guided learning", and "operant conditioning", to maximize outcomes while keeping stress to a minimum. 

  • introduction of travelling in the car

  • introduction of various mobility aids, such as walking sticks, walkers, crutches and manual and electric wheelchairs.

  • naturally there are assessments and requirements to pass along the way, a level of competency throughout the first 6 months of training. Competency is needed to go onto the next specific stage of training. 

  • temperament testing is conducted through TDS Inc evaluator and independent dog behaviouralist, dogs must pass all requirements of the temperament testing to continue with their advanced training.

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  •         From 6 Months Old:

  •         Focus shifts to transferring the training they have completed to ‘real-life’ situations and  environments. 

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  • It is at this stage that the dog completes it general obedience and socialization training.

  • All dogs complete an intensive training regime that includes learning all the skills and tasks that might be called on for their work as therapy dogs or within the animal assisted activities programs.

  • this ensures the puppy is developing appropriately and transferring their training to the places they may visit as a working dog. 

  • puppy development in areas such as house training, learning to be left alone, and basic obedience. 

  •  socialising the pup around lots of people and animals, and visit as many different places as possible. 

  • puppies are brought occasionally during the days to the TDS Inc Head Office Centre, socialising with staff and visitors.

  • puppies are socialise with fellow TDS Inc working dog teams

  •    When ready:

  • Regular one to one visits are organised in varied environments to ensure that the dog is comfortable and not stressed within his new possible working role.

  • Develop specific task work the dog will carry out, tailored training specific to possible  task or environment.

  • Training can continues up to two years, all TDS Inc dogs are continually training throughout their working lives.

Strong partnerships are built on principles such as integrity and transparency.

We take pride in our work and how it is transforming Adelaide’s, Animal Assisted Interventions future.
We are also proud of the relationships we have forged with those communities in which we work.

If there is ever an issue during or after the completion of a project, we will accept responsibility and remedy it.

Service you can depend on
Connection

We understand that your client or patients deserve the best possible intervention or medical care.

Delivery of Animal Assisted Intervention Services can change the lives of participants for the better.

 So AAI Joint Venture has created a Community Touchpoint program, to let our existing joint venture parters know what work is happening, new service, programs and projects and how you can become involved or how your establishment or  clients can access or be involved. 

Support
Works in your area

AAI Joint Venture is a major supporter of a number of organisations as well as clubs and causes close to our heart. Here are some of the clubs and initiatives we support regularly.

We understand that your client or patients deserve the best possible intervention or medical care.

 

A facility is skilled in many areas, but recognizes that at times it is in the clients or patients best interest to utilize available outside specialised services to enhance therapeutic care within their facility.

We are committed to social justice and inclusion, and respect the rights of all people, in all their diversity, to live with dignity and safety and to enjoy healthy relationships.

Clients
We like to call them our industry partners
Aged Care
Community
Disability Services
Hospital Private & Public
Rehabilitation
Mental Health
Forensics
Schools and Universities
Libraries

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