We cannot stress enough just how important it is that dog and handler teams have a strong foundation in socialisation and early training to give them the best chance at a long and successful career together in the animal assisted services indusrty.
This is especially the case if dogs have been purchased for this intention, where the financial and time investment is already significant before the puppy has even arrived home.
Don't worry - we still have adult dog training options for teams who have missed out on our Juniors Mentoring Program, check out our Community & Clinical Courses for training options for dogs that are already over 12 months old.
You can start with our Puppy Program, then move on to our Adolescents Program for ongoing support through your young dogs life.
Both of these programs include:
- Members access to our website
- Access to our Puppy and Adolescent live online classes (no additional cost)
- Access to our Training Video Library
Individual tuition options are available upon request (additional cost).
If you have questions before booking your place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: we are THERAPY DOG trainers, this is different to an 'assistance dog', 'service dog' or 'companion dog'/'emotional support dog'. We do not train these types of dogs. This workshop is NOT SUITABLE for these types of dogs. Therapy dogs are dogs that go visiting places / work in therapy or education roles.
These programs are designed for budding handlers who are hoping to enter the field of animal assisted services (either professionally or as a volunteer) and are raising a puppy/young dog that they already have (or hope to get in the near future) to be a future therapy dog.
There are lots of little tips and tricks that we as experienced therapy dog trainers have learned over the years that have helped us to nurture the personality traits in younger dogs that are absolutely crucial for a long career as a Therapy Dog. We have developed some MUST KNOW content to help you get your young dogs off to the best possible start for a long career as a therapy dog and handler team.
We are passionate about raising happy, healthy, confident, friendly, even-tempered and well-mannered dogs, while problem solving common behavioural issues along the way (mouthing, toileting, barking, guarding) as well as avoiding separation anxiety.
Our young dog programs are delivered by dog training professionals who are experienced in the field of animal assisted therapy, we know exactly what skills your dog needs to LOVE their job.
For those who are really serious about starting their Therapy Dog training journey - we have packaged the puppy and adolescent programs for you at a discounted price!
Go to our online store - to the 'Juniors Programs' category.
Choose the Puppy & Adolescent Programs Package Discount Code and check out as per usual.
Your puppy will be covered from birth (before you even take them home) to 12 months with this package.
Puppies aged 0wks - 16wks
This program is suitable for starting even before you bring your puppy home!
All puppy class participants are required to watch the Puppy Early Development Webinar, this webinar covers vital puppy raising theory.
Once participants have completed the theory webinar, you are able to book in to weekly ONLINE group classes (cost included in your program) until your puppy is 16 weeks old.
These classes are at 6pm on Monday's (AEST)
Cost: $250 (GST incl.)
Adolescent Dogs aged 16 weeks - 12 months
All adolescent class participants are required to watch the Introduction to Therapy Dog Training Webinar, this webinar covers vital adolescent raising theory.
Once participants have completed the theory webinar, you are able to book in to fortnightly ONLINE group classes (no additional cost), until your dog is 12 months old.
You will also have access to our FULL dog training video library - the same as what we issue to the students in our Therapy Dog & Handlers program. That means you can be well and truly started with the training that your dog requires to graduate from those courses in the future - should you choose to continue along with your a Therapy Dog & Handler career.
Cost: $250 (GST incl.)
We have put together a huge amount of information to support your journey from choosing a breeder all the way to your dogs first birthday.
To get you started - it is highly recommended that you listen to our podcasts with professional Golden Retriever breeders - Whiskey River Retrievers. Tamara is incredibly knowledgable and you will be totally enthralled in everything she has to teach us in these podcasts.
The YouTube versions of these episodes are below, however you can also find them on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.
This is FREE information of a very high quality. Tamara is qualified in Therapeutic Animal Acupuncture, carnivore nutrition and animal sports rehabilitation (as well as a qualified Teacher in her previous career) and an absolute pleasure to learn from. Do yourself and your puppy a favour and soak up this content!
In this episode Tamara explains what we should be doing with our puppies when we get them home from the breeder to give them the absolute BEST start to life. This is VITAL learning for anyone who brings home any puppy - regardless of whether they are hoping to be a therapy dog or not.
For people who have not yet commit to a breeder - please listen to this information from Tamara about how to choose a breeder who is giving their puppies the absolute best start to life!