Community Pet Therapy Dog Team

Finding Inspiration in Every Turn

The Therapy Dog

A Community Pet 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 traumatised 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. 

Become a Member

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.

What makes us the

best choice

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About Our School

Established in 2001, Provides education and skills training, and volunteer recruitment services.

Our training will arm you with knowledge of Animal Assisted Activities, Education and Therapy , 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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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

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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.

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