Professional Development Centre
Dog & Human Criteria & Requirements
Suitable for puppies as young as 8 weeks as well as adult dogs.
About the course
Our Puppy Prep program is our newest released program. The program where many participants begin with their potential therapy dog and handler education. Many people begin this program due to acquiring a puppy and feel they would like to have the opportunity to share their canine with others once the puppy has come of age.
Promotes responsible dog ownership, socialisation and training using unique methods.
This course provides you with information and training that will prepare you and your animal to work effectively in a variety of environments.
train your dog quickly and easily
own a dog which is eager and happy to learn
be able to change bad habits without punishment
develop an excellent relationship with your dog
know how to train your puppy so that it grows with a sound temperament.
As you proceed through the team training course, read each lesson in order and complete the accompanying learning activities. It is important that you complete all of the assignments.
This course also provides assessment, in-classroom, professional development and industry shadowing components.
You will need to have completed year 10, or equivilant.
Minimum Age: 18 years
This course involves reading and undertaking a range of written assessments
Access to a computer and the internet.
Involves physical activities.
What you will Learn
Our programs addresses basic learning theory through lectures, reading assignments, and shadowing an experienced team: but, most importantly, it teaches and
promotes responsible dog ownership, socialisation and training using unique methods.
Our trainers in the classroom are the same trainers that you will find working with you during practical “hands-on” lessons.
Our Puppy Prep, training starts in February through to December of each year.
Autumn - March, April and May,
Winter - June, July and August,
Spring - September, October and November,
We offer training times during the working week, day, evening and weekends.
Our training program offers participants a learning component within, industry community placement opportunity -shadowing an experienced team, where you can view techniques learned - Within our partner community facilities, hospitals, rehabilitation centres disability and service the general public.
Dog evaluation and temperament test
In house classroom training I
Industry placement. (6 months or 12 months)
Access to the members portal
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 with Therapeutic Dog Services Incorporated and have performed the required number of visits.
Industry partner experience, placement and community work
Insurance Inclusion, commercial liability insurance (accreditation requirements must be up held)
Receive pet therapy volunteering, employment training and industry placement
Receive mentor, supervision and support
Receive access to online professional development training and certification
Certificate of appreciation and completion (on completion on your 6 months or 12 month industry placement)
Chances for recognition
May be identified as a contact for local or national media
May have opportunities to take part in research studies