Therapy Dog

Community course

Due to COVID-19 this course will be offered online - Community Course

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:

--- Volunteer with their dog at a hospital or school

--- Working in the health industry in an admin role

--- Support worker role

--- Health worker who is not registered with a regulatory body

--- Clinicians who finds these course dates more convenient

If you are unsure if you meet this criteria - please ask!

This course has less clinical content than the clinical dog course, as such there is more time to focus on activities which are relevant and interesting to community workers and volunteers. 

It is our primary goal that your dog and your client/s are both safe and enjoy their experiences together. Therefore, this 5-day course covers a wide range of topics from obedience, manners and canine body language to specific animal assisted activities training. 

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 5-day 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 who do not meet graduation criteria will have the opportunity to book an individual re-assessment at a time of their choosing (or at one of our Group Training days) your Therapy Dog bandana will be provided upon graduation, whenever that might be. 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). This can be done at our Group Training Days, which are open to course graduates only. Graduation certificates may also contain information about the recommended work settings suitable for your team at the time of graduation. 


Early bird fee of $1320 (incl. GST)  - for courses paid in full 6 weeks prior to commencement date
Course cost is $1650 (incl. GST) 

5-Day course (lunch not included, however there is a kitchen on site with a fridge, microwave, coffee making facilities etc.). This price includes Black Dog training equipment, which is provided on arrival. This fee also includes a Therapy Dog bandana for course graduates. Additional bandanas and therapy dog coats can also be purchased at the time of graduation.

Note: A non-refundable deposit of $300 is required to hold your enrollment in the course.

The balance is due no later than two weeks before the course start date.
*People who have already attended our 1-day AAT workshop will receive a $100 discount.

*Credit Card payments can incur a surcharge


This course takes place at Burpengary, which is approximately 25mins North of Brisbane, Queensland. Please email us if you require further information, the exact location will be emailed prior to the commencement of the course. The venue is close to the Burpengary Train Station. Please be aware there are other animals living on the training property, including horses, chickens & a cat - please advise at the time of booking your course if you have fears or allergies of any of these species. 

Upcoming Training Dates  


* March 5th & 6th - 12th, 13th & 14th. (one spot available)
* Tuesday 30th June – Saturday 4th July 

Registration, Transfers & Refunds

Please click on the 'book now' button on the right side of this page to register. We will email you to confirm your place in the course. 
Places are limited, therefore a non-refundable $300 deposit is required to hold your place. 
The full amount is required no later than 30 days prior to the commencement of the course. 
Cancellations with less than 30 days notice will incur a loss of course fee. 

In the event that you need to transfer to a different course date, a $150 admin fee will be applied. 

If there is less than 30 days notice, deposits will also be forfeited. 

As such, an additional deposit will be required to hold your place in the alternative date. 


To register for this course, please click the book now button below. An invoice for full payment will be emailed to you within 48hrs of receiving your booking.  Non-refundable deposit of $300 is required to hold your place in the course.  Please read the refund policy (below) prior to booking.