Therapy Dogs – The Process

Unlike Assistance Dogs, AAT and AAA therapy dogs are not covered by federal law, however they still play a huge role in helping people.  It is scientifically proven that these dogs have a positive impact on the clients social, emotional, physical and physiological health as well as improving the clients well-being and their overall quality of life (a holistic health approach)..

When we accept dog teams into our AAT or AAA training programs to work with and visit vulnerable people, they are thoroughly assessed. We need to determine if your dog is suitable to become an AAT or AAA certified dog.  This is achieved through talking with the handler and doing a Temperament Test to determine the nature of your dog.

Before getting to the Temperament Test stage there are some questions you need to ask yourself first:

  • Is your Dog over 12 months of age and less than 10 years old?
  • Is your dog toilet trained?
  • Is your dog free from Illness?
  • Is your dog free from anxiety, stress, worry or insecurity?
  • Is your dog free from injury?
  • Is your dog vaccinations and worming treatment up-to-date?
  • Is your dog well groomed?
  • Does your dog know basic commands (or you have time to train the dog)?
  • Does your dog have acceptable manners and behaviours indoors and outdoors (or you have time to train the dog)?
  • Do you believe that your dog has a friendly calm nature, loves being around people and is affectionate to other people?
  • Do you believe that your dog is adaptable to noises, places, smells and equipment?
  • Do you enjoy talking to a diverse range of people?
  • Do you have a working with Vulnerable People card or are you willing to or able to obtain a current Working with Vulnerable People Card (Tasmania)?
  • Are you prepared to follow the Health regulations and conditions of entry to the facilities?
  • Registered under the Allied Health National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS) or the National Alliance of self-regulating health professionals (NASRHP). (AAT ONLY)

If you are able to answer yes to all of these questions and you want to train your dog to become a Therapy dog, please fill out and submit an application form below .  Or if you are still unsure and want more information please fill out and submit the enquiry form below.