FAQs

Melanie Scott’s Instructor qualifications

Certificate III in Dog Behaviour and Training from the National Dog Trainers Federation (NDTF) 2014, Top Dog USA Teamwork I, Instructor Qualification Certificate 2015

Fully insured, WWC, police check, member of PIAA (Pet Industry Association of Australia).

Proud sponsor of the SEBP Police Science Journal, Response Magazine, Australian 000 Journal

 

SERVICE LOCATIONS

Services required outside this area by appointment only.

 

Elite Training Packages

During our private consults we tailor a programme to suit you and your dog, based on your needs and situation.

10% off in-home consults and travel for First Responders every day.  (First Responders include current and ex-serving Police, Fire, Ambulance, 000 Dispatch and Military personnel)

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Where appropriate dogs can be trained for a  Service Dog role.  Service Dog handlers and dogs are trained with the skills to meet Public Access Test requirements.   Melanie Scott specialises in PTSD for Therapy and Service Dog training.  Refer to the information below for details on Service and Therapy Dogs.

https://www.humanrights.gov.au/our-work/disability-rights/projects/assistance-animals-and-disability-discrimination-act-1992-cth

What is the difference between a Service Dog, Therapy Dog and Companion Dog?

A Service Dog (also known as an Assistance Dog), is recognised under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992.  These dogs are entitled to full public access rights and have passed a Public Access Test.  Service Dogs perform specific tasks to alleviate a person’s disability.

A Therapy Dog has access to schools/hospitals etc if accredited under a recognised program (eg DELTA, Lort Smith or recognised training facility).  These dogs boost patient morale and whilst are obedient they do NOT have public access rights.

A Companion Dog does not provide any specifically trained tasks but provide companionship for their owner.  These dogs do NOT have public access rights.  Pet dogs can be classified as companion dogs.

Can I train my pet dog to be a Service Dog or a Therapy Dog?

In order for your dog to be considered for a Service Dog role your dog MUST be assessed by a qualified instructor to determine the temperament and suitability of your dog.  Your dog must be physically and psychologically able to handle the stress of being a Service Dog and already have undertaken obedience training through Melanie Scott K9 Training.  Your dog handling ability and willingness to undertake the responsibility of training a Service Dog, under our supervision, will also be taken into account. Owning a Service Dog is a huge responsibility, therefore, entry into the program is strictly screened.

In order for your pet dog to be considered for training as your own personal Therapy Dog  your dog MUST be assessed by a qualified instructor.  This helps to determine the temperament and suitability of your dog and develop a training plan.  Your dog must be physically and psychologically able to handle the stresses of being a Therapy Dog.  The dog does not necessarily need to have already undertaken obedience training, obedience training will be provided as part of our services, where required.  Your dog handling ability and willingness to undertake the responsibility of training your Therapy Dog will also be taken into account as we want our clients to succeed in achieving their goals.

 

Special Thanks

Direct Support, Sea and Sky Photography, Top Tails Dog Training, Pupparazzi Photography