All of our students who are enrolled in past, present or future Community Therapy Dog courses will have exclusive access to our fortnightly online dog training classes (Mondays, 7pm) with an accredited dog trainer who is experienced in working with therapy dogs in visitation or community settings. The only requirement is that you are have watched our online dog training video library (made available on enrolment).
This Therapy Dog & Handler training course is designed to equip you and your dog with the skills required to work together in an animal-assisted activities (visiting) setting. This is the course that is suitable for people who are wishing to engage in visitation therapy dog roles, and:
--- Volunteer with their dog at a hospital or school
--- Working in the health industry in an admin role
--- Support worker role, Disability work, Youth workers
--- Health worker or education worker who is trained up to a Certificate or Diploma level
--- Clinicians or Educators who finds these course dates more convenient
If you are unsure if you meet this criteria - please ask!
This course has very much the same content as the clinical dog course, with the learning activities adjusted to accommodate for a more diverse group of students.
It is our primary goal that your dog and your client/s are both safe and enjoy their experiences together. Therefore, this 4-week (plus assessment) short course covers a wide range of topics from training skills, manners and canine body language to specific animal assisted services.
This course is for people who have their own dog and are looking to become involved in the field of AAT. While we do not require your dog to have had prior training, it is important they are of suitable temperament (friendly, confident, interested in interacting with new people).
This course is designed to provide you with a range of dog-training skills and techniques to assist you and your dog to meet the criteria for graduation as a human-canine therapy team. Throughout the 4-week course we do a range of assessments and if you and your dog meet the criteria, you will graduate as a Community Therapy Dog & Handler Team.
Dogs and handlers are able to sit their final assessment at a time that they feel they are ready. Your Therapy Dog bandana will be provided upon graduation. Graduates will also receive a certificate, all certificates have an expiry date upon which time you and your dog will need to be assessed as a team again (typically 12mths time). Graduation certificates may also contain information about the recommended work settings suitable for your team at the time of graduation.
Cost *Payment plans are available*
$1450 (incl. GST)
Assessment fee is separate to the course cost. Assessment through Therapy Dogs Australia is $300 (incl. GST)
Throughout this online course there are worksheet and training activities to do as homework (allow approx. 1-2hrs per week for this). This fee also includes a Therapy Dog bandana & certificate for course graduates. Additional bandanas and therapy dog coats can also be purchased at the time of graduation.
Payment plans are allowed.
This course takes place virtually on ZOOM. Face to face assessments can be carried our by our team at our facility, which is in Redcliffe, approximately 25mins North of Brisbane, Queensland. Interstate participants can have their face to face assessments conducted by one of our locum dog trainers. Please check these details with us prior to registering.
These courses are delivered online with face to face assessments throughout 2022 (face to face assessments can be done by a dog trainer in your local area), and video submission.
Courses will be offered 1 day per week over 4 x consecutive Monday's, unless they are an INTENSIVE offering, which are on a different timetable (see dates below), or through the self-paced option. Assessment can be attended whenever the team is ready (within 3mths of completing the course classes).
- Monday 13th Nov 2023
- Monday 20th Nov 2023
- Monday 27th Nov 2023
- Monday 4th Dec 2023
Monday 4th March
Monday 11th March
Monday 18th March
Monday 25th March
Community Semi-Intensive n2023
- Monday 11th Dec
- Tuesday 12th Dec
- Monday 18th Dec
- Tuesday 19th Dec
Community Semi-Intensive 2024
Monday 15th Jan
Tuesday 16th Jan
Monday 22nd Jan
Tuesday 23rd Jan
Please apply using the button on the top right of this page.
Full payment is required upon registration to reserve your place in the course.
You will start the course via our virtual therapy dog training videos once full payment is received.
Once you have started the course, no refunds are available.
Run over 4 consecutive Mondays
Payment Plans are available to suit your needs
Run over 4 days in one week - usually Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday.
Payment Plans are available to suit your needs.
Learn at your own pace. These courses include 4 hours of individual tutoring, an additional $660 (GST incl.) to the course cost.
Pay-as-you-go plans are available to be split over 4 modules and 4 individual tuition sessions.
Payment Plans are available to suit your needs.