Our Pet Therapy Dog Teams

WE PROVIDE TRAINED PET THERAPY TEAMS

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Every Certified Team is Credentialed

  • passing through standardised assessment,

  • online and class room training,

  • hands-on training,

  • mentor-ship 

  • industry placement.

Dog Credentials

  • veterinarian health screened,

  • temperament and skills tested,

  • vaccinated annually (C5)

  • on the job assessments during working life time

Every Certified Team

  • has 4 x  police clearance

  • covered by our $20 million insurance coverage policy. 

  • professional development

  • influenza vaccination

We provide trained Pet Therapy Teams, humans and their well mannered dogs,  to provide emotional and physical benefits to many people in the community. Providing service delivery of dog assisted activities, to over 25,000 people a year.  

Our pet therapy dog teams provide animal services to 90 + facilities,  spanning all age groups, including persons with social, mental, emotional, legal, and physical vulnerabilities. Teams provide individual and group visitation and depending on the program, may work with professionals to assist persons in meeting specific therapy goals.

The dog's skills are often matched to the type of facility and the needs of the client/patient. The variety of facilities showcase the broad skill range of the Pet Therapy Dog Program. 

Our Team Members

Passionate Individuals

The Therapeutic Dog Services organisation spans a network of passionate individuals incorporating dogs into Animal Assisted Activities, community visiting programs.

Every team is credentialed, passing through standardised assessment, online & classroom training, hands-on training, mentorship,  volunteer industry placement, and professional development.

Alan and Indy

Hungarian Vizla

Andra and Doris

Wolfhound

Amanda and Murphy

Groodle

Anthea and Rexie

Chihuhua X

Amy and Logan

Golden Retriver x poodle

Antionette and Mia

Sheltie

Barbara & Zoe

Skippety

Cheryl and Abby and Bella

Maltese X

Bec & Milo

Chihuahua X Maltese

Denzil Annie and Chilli

Labrador

Bronnie and Spike

Australian Cattle Dog

Dianna and Teddy

Australian Kelpie/Border Collie

Dot and Leo

Tibetan Spaniel

Ester and Danae

Moodle (Maltese/Toy Poodle)

Eliza and Archie

Border Collie

Jackie and Jax

Golden Retriever

Emily and Dinky

Pomeranian

Jane and Kip

Australian Kelpie/Border Collie

Jarrod and Ghost

English Bull Terrier

Jo and Beau

Labradoodle

Jennifer and Tyson

Labrador

Josie and Betty

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Jenny and Chloe

Maltese

Joyce and Logan

Golden Retriver x poodle

Karen and Pablo

Spoodle

Leon and Prince

Toy poodle

Kerry and Neo

Cairn Terrier

Leticia and Bibbles

Maltichon

Laura and Barney

Labradoodle

Lina and Gnocchi

Labradoodle

Marilyn and Bosco

Labrador

Naomi and Jeramiah

King Charles Cavalier

Mary and Georgie

Chihuahua

Natalie and Luna

Havanese

Mike and Ned

Golden Retriever

Nerissa and Willow

Italian Greyhound

Penny and Ossie

olden Retriever

Rachel Sully and Ella

Cavoodle

Sarah and Poh

Shih tzu x

Our Pet Therapy Dog Teams

Our dogs come in all sizes and breeds, with exceptional temperaments, (friendly, patient, confident, gentle, and at ease in all situations).

Passionate Individuals

The Therapeutic Dog Services organisation spans a network of passionate individuals incorporating dogs into Animal Assisted Activities, community visiting programs. Every team is credentialed, passing through standardised assessment, online and classroom training, hands-on training, mentorship,  volunteer industry placement, and professional development.

Community Pet Therapy Dogs

Therapeutic Dog Services sends specially trained humans, with their well-mannered dogs to provide emotional and physical benefits to many people in the community. Through the  Community Pet Therapy Program, the volunteers and their dogs bring unconditional love to clients/patients in various industry facilities throughout our community. Each facility addresses the needs of a different section of the community. The dog's skills are often matched to the type of facility and the needs of the client/patient. The variety of facilities showcase the broad skill range of the Community Pet Therapy Program. 

The volunteers and their dogs bring unconditional love to clients/patients in various health care facilities throughout our community.

Each facility addresses the needs of a different section of the community. The dog's skills are often matched to the type of facility and the needs of the client/patient. 

  • We have 87 Dog and Handler therapy teams.

  • Dog & Handler teams have various skillsets: Levels: Entry-level, Therapy Dog Novice, Therapy Dog, Therapy Dog Advanced.

  • Offering a mobile dog therapy program to a variety of populations including seniors, at-risk youth and individuals who are unable to venture out into the community.  

  • Our teams travel to various locations in Adelaide, South Australia where clients participate in dog activities tailored to their physical and psychological capabilities. 

  • 87 pet therapy teams providing animal services to 67 partner facilities spanning all age groups including persons with social, mental, emotional, legal, and physical vulnerabilities. 

  • Teams provide individual and group visitation and depending on the program, may work with professionals to assist persons in meeting specific therapy goals. 

Recognising our Community Pet Therapy Teams

Recognising dogs and their owners who wish to give their time to help people through community volunteering work.

  • Therapeutic Dog Services Incorporated awards official titles to dogs and their handlers who have worked to improve the lives of the people they have visited.

  • Therapy Dog titles can be earned by dog and handler teams who have been credentialed and have performed the required number of visits.

Public Access Rights
  • Community Pet Therapy animals do not have the same access rights as Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals.  Community Pet Therapy Dogs are allowed access to public locations by courtesy.   Pet Therapy animals cannot travel in the cabin of an airline for free and are not exempt from pet restricted housing.  

  • Our industry partner sites allow community pet therapy dogs to accompany handlers in all areas of the facility where the public is normally allowed to go.

  • Excluded areas:  food preparation and restaurant areas, operating rooms, burn units where the animal’s presence may compromise a sterile environment.

Appearance
  • Community therapy dogs will be identified by a Therapeutic Dog Services Inc. bandana, which may sometimes be coloured to indicate the level type.

Breeds
  • Our dogs come in all sizes and breeds, with exceptional temperaments, (friendly, patient, confident, gentle, and at ease in all situations).

Training and Pet Therapy Certification
  • are well-behaved dogs, everyday pet dogs from our community who have basic obedience.

  • Pet Therapy dogs have good social skills and cannot be aggressive to animals or people in any situation.  The dog has basic obedience, skills, and affinity to strangers. Polite leash skills including going out for a walk and walking through a crowd of people. They show interest in people but cannot jump or nip.  All pet therapy dogs respond well to loud noises and people approaching.  

  • owners of dogs have had to initially attend mandatory information sessions, interview process, review of dog to be possibly suitable, then if viewed as a great candidate - attend a dog evaluation day with temperament testing through Therapeutic Dog Services temperament assessor and independent dog behaviourlist/evaluator.

  • every team is credentialed, passing through standardised assessments, online and classroom training, hands-on training, mentorship and industry placement.

  • Required to attend all training sessions held by Therapeutic Dog Services throughout the year, work with a mentor, and on the job assessments are conducted throughout their working years. 

  • work once a week or once a fortnight for 1 1/2 hours per industry partner visitation, are handled only by their owners, dogs work on their own

  • ​required to complete Compulsory and Professional Development training courses.

Veterinarian Health Clearance

  • This certificate indicates the dog is healthy to participate as a community pet therapy animal and is not showing signs of a disease that could be passed to other animals or to people. Certain vaccinations must be up to date for a certificate to be issued. As part of the exam, a veterinarian may check for heartworm disease and prescribe heartworm preventative medication …

  • Certificates can only be completed and signed by an accredited veterinarian."

Handled and Temperament Tested

  •  Dogs are handled and temperament tested by veterinarian and animal-assisted interventions evaluator, evaluating handling, skill set, and temperament.

Vaccinated

  • Up to date with yearly required vaccinations (C5). Certificates can only be completed and signed by an accredited veterinarian."

​Police Clearances

  • All human handlers hold a current police clearance certificate and are required to apply for new police clearances after 3 years.

Insurance

  • Covered by Therapeutic Dog Services $20M Comprehensive Insurance, General Liability $20M, and Volunteers Insurance.

Assistance Dogs

Retired Teams

In Memory