Therapy Dog Training Centre
School for Therapy Dogs
With the most inclusive education available, our School for Therapy Dog Teams will teach you progressive and innovative methods for training your dog, community placement and working with people in a way that will make your Therapy Dog career a successful one.
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.
STEP 1: FIND ALL INFORMATION BOOKLETS BELOW
STEP 2: REGISTER YOUR INTEREST
STEP 3: BOOK YOUR DOGS TEMPERAMENT TESTING DAY AND DATE
Please complete the registration form of interest, please note you will require a photo of yourself and dog, you can upload photo to the application form.
Please Note: required copy of vaccination (this must be completed by your dog’s veterinarian)
STEP 3: BOOK YOUR DOGS TEMPERAMENT EVALUATION
What makes us the best choice
Therapy dog training career programs
We offer therapy dog training career programs, taught by expert instructors throughout Adelaide, South Australia covering metro adelaide. North, East, South, Western.
We offer Animal Assisted Interventions: Private Training career programs at our 10+ acre Animal Assisted Intervention Centre in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia.
We offer Industry consultancy and therapy dog programs, Nationally via our Mobile training.
Our Adelaide Metro Therapy Dog Training Centre, School for Therapy Dog Teams is a short distance away from our 10+ acre Animal Assisted Interventions Centre located in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia that has areas for training animals in assistance, assisted interventions (AAA/AAE/AAT), agility, obedience, rally and more.
We maintain small student to instructor ratios to ensure that each participant receives ample individual attention and instruction.
Due to our small class sizes our Therapy Dog Training Centre, School for Therapy Dog Teams generally fills quickly and classes are often booked up to six (6) months in advance.
Our Therapy Dog Training Centre, School for Therapy Dog Teams offers a variety of extensive and exciting programs to get you started with your therapy dog career.
We offer courses of varying lengths to meet your needs so that you can gain as much knowledge as you need.
Offering simple and affordable financing options.
Our programs offer you extensive hands-on training that provide you with real-life experience, industry clinical placement within:
aged care, disability, community, educational institutes, hospital, mental health just to name a few.
Our Therapy Dog Training Centre,
School for Therapy Dog Teams
offers everything you need to be successful
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.
We have a dedicated website to the Training Centre
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Submit registration of interest
"Paws for a cause" and Entry Level registration of interest
You can register your interest in "Paws for a cause" and Entry Level, Pet Therapy Dog Trainers programs, if you meet all of the following conditions:
you live in South Australia
You drive a car
You would like to make a difference in someones life by sharing your dog with others to make someones day
You are empathetic towards the general public or those whom live with acute illness, ageing, disability, and mental health population.
You own a well mannered dog
your dog would pass a health clearance from their vetrinarian as being seen as fit for pet therapy work
your dog is up to date with vaccinations
you are available to participate in a temperament evaluation of your dog
You can commit and participate in:
5 - 10 hours online training
5 hours in classroom training
Industry community work placement component, volunteering up to 1 hour to 90 mins a week, fortnightly, monthly for joint venture partner facility site therapy dog visitations.
Paws for cause: 18 hours (12 visits) over 6 months
Entry Level: 36 hours (24 visits) over 12 months
You may need to meet additional conditions if you're registering your interest and your dog has been evaluated as not ready yet.
You're not eligible for "Paw for a Cause" or Entry level, Pet Therapy Dog Trainers program if you've been excluded from dog related services because of disruptive behaviour.
Screenings evaluate how well the animal and handler work together, and what environments they are best suited for.
the animal can be controlled by the handler and follow basic commands
simulates conditions that may be encountered on a visit and to determine whether the team has the ability, capacity, and potential for Pet Therapy Community Work.
resembles a series of situations that might occur on a routine Pet Therapy Visitation.
Dog is temperament tested by Therapeutic Dog Services AAI evaluator prior to being considered for any level of therapy dog team training and placement registration.
Exclusion of Dogs Trained for protection or Bite Work
Dogs that have been trained to aggressively protect, and dogs that have been encouraged to bite, even as a component of a working task or a competitive activity, are not eligible to be evaluated or registered for pet therapy community work.
Veterinarian Health Clearance:
A veterinarian health care clearance will be required for your dog, we supply the forms for you to have your regular veterinarian conduct a health check including a handling assessment to ensure that your dog is healthy and physically able to perform AAA/AAT, record vaccinations and any other requirements recommended by the veterinarian. We want to make sure that all dogs participating in the program are healthy and free from parasites, disease, infections, and illness
should be free of any signs of ill health
must be free of internal and external parasites
must be house trained
shall be cleaned and groomed within 24 hours prior to the visit.
Your dog must be up to date with yearly required vaccinations (C5)
All vaccinations must be documented by a licensed veterinarian
veterinary examinations are required every twelve (12) months, or any additional types of health screening requested by the veterinarian
"Dogs in the rehabilitation and social care of people"