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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. 


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)


What makes us the best choice

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About Our School

Our School established in 2001, Provides education and skills training, and volunteer recruitment services.


Career Training & Industry Placement

Our combination of classroom instruction and ample, hands-on training has created effective professional therapy dog teams across the industry.

The structured industry placement give you the opportunity to put your learning into practice.

  • Industry Experience

  • Structured Workplace Learning

  • Community Work

Animal Rescue and Care

Learn from the experts

Learn from the experts

The most diversely experienced staff of instructors.


Not only will you be taught by experienced instructors that are knowledgeable and respected in the industry, you will have the opportunity to learn from those who continue to operate successful, multifaceted dog related business.

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Award Titles

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


Therapy Dog titles can be earned by dogs who have qualified  and have performed the required number of visits.

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.

Entry Level

Our most popular program is our Entry Level, Therapy Dog Program and is the program where many of our graduates begin with their therapy dog and handler education. Many people begin this program due to a love for dogs and a desire to spend their days working with them and have the opportunity to share their canine with others. 

Therapy Dog Novice

Therapy Dog Novice Program is the program where many of our entry level graduates have discovered that a career working with their dog is for them.  Many of our graduates have completed all the entry level requirements and now are wanting to move onto more advanced studies and advanced industry placement Many of them are committed to make a difference with part time volunteering career and are interested in pursuing therapy dog certification. 

Therapy Dog

Therapy Dogs undergo a minimum of 24 months’ service delivery within industry placement and are healthy and well trained.  Temperamentally sound with sound obedience, social skills and training, qualifies them to provide assistance at a therapy dog level.

Dog and Human have sound skills set in Dog Assisted Activities/Education/Therapy

Therapy Dog Advanced

Many of our graduates have completed all the Therapy Dog level requirements and  show a standard of skill set and now are wanting to move onto more advanced studies and advanced industry placement. Training is based on Animal Assisted Interventions, learn all about incorporating structured games into activities and clinical therapy environments.

We have a dedicated website to the Training Centre
Interested in learning more please click on the below link 
or visit website: www.therapydog-trainingcentre.org

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.


Assesses whether

  • 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"

Join Us

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

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

Email: therapydogs@tdsinc.com.au

Phone: 0481293370

Tel: 08 8591 8109 Answering Service

Registered Charity: 90 024 628 522 

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