Enhancing quality of life and health through the human - animal bond

Email: therapydogs@tdsinc.com.au

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    Training Regime

    Our method of training uses natural learning: "classical conditioning", "guided learning", and "operant conditioning". 

    All dogs have completed an intensive training regime over a two year period, 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.

    Please see training regime explained below

    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.

            From 6 Months Old:

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

    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.


    After the teams have been placed and matched to specific facility areas there are ongoing assessments and follow ups to ensure that the relationship is working and to assist in making it a even better experience.

    These assessments and follow ups continue for the life of the relationship.