One of Australia’s only Therapy Dog & Handler Courses supported by Animal Therapies Ltd. This course is run by professionals (Psychologists, Counsellor, Teachers, Guidance Counsellor) With years of experience working, researching and teaching in this industry.
Our course content is a living beast, constantly evolving with the current industry standards and guidelines as we keep our finger on the pulse with our involvement in the Animal Assisted Services Unit at the University of Queensland.
Our three primary presenters and content developers (Jess, Sam, & Amy) all sit on the Animal Therapies Ltd state committee, and have presented at various national conferences on the topic of animal therapies. Read their bios here.
Let us share with you our knowledge and passion in this field.
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 therapy setting. It is our primary goal that your dog and your client/s are both safe and enjoys their experiences together. Therefore, this short course covers a wide range of topics from obedience, manners and canine body language to specific animal-assisted intervention training.
This course is suitable for:
- Bachelor trained health professionals (or another relevant field)
- Bachelor trained & registered teachers
This course is for people who have their own dog and are looking to become involved in the field of AAT. It is also for those practitioners out there who are already taking their dogs to work, but have not yet had any type of formal training or assessment of their dog. While we do not require your dog to have had prior training, they must already have a suitable temperament (friendly, confident, interested in meeting 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. The content of this course is specifically designed to meet the needs of clinicians who are working within the scope of their existing training in respect to their regular industry, meeting the requirements of their regulatory bodies (e.g. AHPRA, APS, Medicare, NDIS). Some of the theoretical course content includes:
- Clinical case studies
- Intervention training
- Insurance requirements
- Funding options & restrictions
- Client & canine ethical considerations
- Application of theoretical perspectives
- Review of available research
- Real World Training
Throughout the course, we do a range of assessments and if you and your dog meet the criteria, you will graduate at either Learner or Level 1. A Therapy Dog bandana will be provided to graduating teams. 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.
Therapy Dogs Australia works in conjunction with local dog trainers all over Australia, this means that interstate teams are able to participate in our online learning and complete all of their assessments with video submissions and face to face with a dog trainer in their local area.
Your online course runs like a short course with a combination of recorded lectures, live discussions, readings, and worksheet and video activities to submit throughout the five weeks of your course. ALL learning activities need to be attended with meaningful participation, if you are unable to attend for any reason you will be required to book an individual consulting time to catch up on learning outcomes.
This course is scheduled to run over five Monday’s, commencing at 9 am (AEST – Brisbane time) each Monday morning and concluding at 4:30 pm AEST each day. There are worksheets and training activities to complete each week as homework.
All assessments are submitted within six months of the course commencement date. Participants are able to start their course immediately upon registration and full payment, via receiving access to our online library of dog training videos. The group learning commences on your course start date and will take place over five weeks (to attend online classes one day per week and complete tasks between weekly classes).
The five-week course cost is $2,000 plus the cost of team assessment ($300 for local teams, or $150 + cost of locum dog trainer for interstate teams).
(note: reassessments are to be completed every 12 months minimum).
This course takes place online (via Zoom).
Dog and handler assessments are completed face-to-face either with our team (North Brisbane), or with one of our approved locum trainers (we have trainers all over the country, but please contact us prior to registration if you are intending to use a locum trainer).
These five days will take place consecutive Mondays except for intensive courses that take place five days in a row over Queensland School Holidays. These intensives are not recommended for younger dogs (under 12 months).
Registration, Transfers & Refunds
Please use our contact form to register your interest in these courses.
This course is appropriate for people intending to work with a therapy dog in a professional setting (e.g. school, private practice, community centre), to be eligible to participate in this course, you must be Bachelor trained in the industries of either Health or Education. If you are unsure if you meet this criterion, please contact us. This course unfortunately does not cater for people who are wishing to train their dog for assistance work or to work within a volunteering capacity.
All course sales are final, as the course is commenced at the time of enrolment as the student is given access to our online learning material and as such is considered to have started the course.
- Lectures 24
- Quizzes 2
- Duration 10 weeks
- Skill level Expert
- Students 7
- Certificate Yes
- Assessments Self