The Therapy Dog
A Therapy Dog is a pet that is trained to interact with many people other than their handler to make those people feel better. Examples are dogs that visit nursing homes and hospitals; dogs that go to court to sit with minors or other traumatized witnesses while they give testimony; dogs that go to the library, so that kids can read to them.
So you want to become a Therapy Dog Team
Where to start,
Most places you will visit with your Therapy Dog will want you and your dog to be registered or certified, with a therapy dog registry mainly for insurance purposes.
Therapeutic Dog Services Incorporated is a Therapy Dog Registry, in Animal Assisted Interventions: Activities, Education and Therapy.
Places that you visit at minimum, they will require you to have: dog temperament tested, veterinarian health clearance, up to date with vaccinations, training and good skills set in animal assisted activities and most importantly covered with insurance.
There is no breed restriction on a Therapy Dog, however, since they don’t enjoy public access rights, you are not protected in areas of Breed-Specific-Legislation and if the institution you want to visit decides to put breed restrictions in place, you have to follow the rules.
A Therapy Dog does not have public access rights and is only allowed in certain places by prior arrangement.
Our Education Programs
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Our training will arm you with knowledge of Animal Assisted Activities (AAA), Animal Assisted Education and Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT), how they benefit, the role that animals can play in improving quality of life, and what is involved in providing activities, education, therapy and handling an animal working in this role.
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Very interesting and well structured. Clear pointers for taking one's own training forward. Facilitators extremely knowledgeable and the subject matter was clearly explained.
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Therapeutic Dog Services
Animal Assisted Therapist
Phone: 0415 132 654