About Our Training Centre

School for Therapy Dogs

Inclusive education and placement


Here at Therapeutic Dog Services, Therapy Dog Registry and Training Centre, our mission is to provide animal related courses, workshops, support and comprehensive training program for humans and their canine companions.

School for Therapy Dog Teams, provides comprehensive training programs for community visiting humans and their canine companions. Courses are designed to provide the training that both you and your dog need, to ensure that you have the tools required to become a great team providing AAI industry service delivery. Working in a manner which is safe and ethical for the clients and the dogs.

We are confident that upon graduation of the course, you will feel prepared and excited to get started as a human-canine therapy team!


About Our School


Established in 2001

Therapeutic Dog Services is a not-for-profit organisation, Therapy Dog Registry which provides education and skills training, and volunteer recruitment services.

Our expertise covers the training of animal assisted interventions in activities, education, therapy and specialised training for industry and students.

Our training covers a broad range of qualifications and courses, workshops across human - animal related business and community services areas.


We have two industry focused skills training centres located strategically in South Australia, Adelaide Central and Rural Adelaide Hills.

  • Adelaide City Central, services the whole metropolitan areas of Adelaide.

  • The Animal Assisted Interventions Centre, situated in the Adelaide Hills services the whole of South Australia.

We have a mobile training centre that strategically travels to Australian states and territories. Providing education, AAI skills and training for industry.



Skilled Training Centre, Adelaide Central

Skilled Training Centre, Adelaide Central

We offer therapy dog training career programs, taught by expert instructors at our Adelaide Central Centre, in Fulham, South Australia, located in the western suburbs of Adelaide.

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 School for Therapy Dog Teams, generally fills quickly and classes are often booked up to six (6) months in advance.


Our School for Therapy Dog Teams offers a variety of extensive and exciting programs to get you started with your therapy dog career.

Paws for a cause Program, Entry Level Therapy Dog, Therapy Dog Novice, Therapy Dog and Therapy Dog Advanced.


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, AAI industry placement within: aged care, disability, community, educational institutes, hospital, mental health ..... just to name a few.



Animal Assisted Interventions: Training and Wellness Centre

Animal Assisted Interventions Training and Wellness Centre

We offer private animal assisted intervention training career programs, taught by expert instructors at our 10 Acre Animal Assisted Interventions Centre, in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia that has areas for training animals in assistance, assisted interventions (AAA/AAE/AAT), agility, obedience, rally and more.

Mobile Training, Australian States and Territories

Mobile Australian States and Territories

We offer animal assisted intervention education, AAI skills training programs for industry, by expert instructors throughout Australia, states and territories. ​


Inclusive education and placement


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.

Unlike most training, our programs offer you extensive hands-on training that provide you with real-life experience, AAI industry placement within aged care, disability, community, educational institutes, hospital, mental health .....just to name a few.

With respect to the individual’s history in handling dogs, we have designed

Two (2) two options for our Pet Therapy Dog Trainer Program. " Paws for A Cause" and Entry Level.

Three (3) options for more advanced learning Therapy Dog Novice, Therapy Dog and Therapy Dog Advanced.


What makes us the best choice


Comprehensive Career Training

Proven system for training students that produces successful graduates.

If you want to become a successful, professional therapy dog team, you’re going to need real-world experience. This type of experience doesn’t come from an online dog training certification. Our combination of classroom instruction and ample, hands-on training has created effective professional therapy dog teams across the industry. Our programs give you the experience you need.


AAI Industry Placement

Provides insights into the AAI industry and the workplace in which they are located.

This opportunity to be fully immersed and see the “inner workings” is an opportunity that you won’t find anywhere else!


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 business.

Our expert instructors not only teach but continue to train dogs of all types, from pet dogs to assistance dogs, service dogs, trick dogs, working dogs, competition dogs on a daily basis.


Awards Titles

Recognising 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 with Therapeutic Dog Services Incorporated and have performed the required number of visits.

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