SERVICE LOCATIONS and FEES
Which areas does MSK9T service?
We service all metro Melbourne areas for Private In-Home Consults, including Therapy and Service Dog training. Regional areas by appointment.
MSK9T Service Fee Structure
We strive to provide exceptional care, compassion and understanding to all our clients. Melanie Scott has specific skill sets and experience and our fee structure reflects this. MSK9T offers Service Dog, Therapy Dog training and obedience training. We understand everyone is different with different needs and we cater a specific program for you. 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 General Information below for details on Service and Therapy Dogs.
Private In-Home Consults– Consult Fees 1 hour $90, 1 – 2 hours $180. Travel is calculated at the ATO travel rate 44c/km return from Wyndham Vale + Tolls (if applicable). (For example, the travel rate for a consult in Fitzroy St, St Kida = $35.20 + consult fee).
During our private consults we tailor a programme to suit you and your dog, based on your needs and situation. You do NOT have to be a First Responder to access Private Consults they are available to everyone.
Group Classes– Membership fees are payable per semester (2 Semesters per year) + $10 per class. Membership fees are approximately $39 per month. Group classes are for First Responders Only. If you are not a First Responder but would like recommendations for other dog obedience schools please contact us.
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.
FIRST RESPONDER GROUP CLASSES:
Group classes Saturday mornings from 9am, Suzanne Cory High School oval, 225 Hoppers Lane, Werribee 3030
What is the Information Session?
The Information Session is a verbal introduction about the club, our club rules and dog training in general. Booking are essential and only conducted once per month.
Do I need to attend an Information Session before I commence classes?
Yes. The Information Session provides you with important details about our club’s policies and general training information. We find this brief Information Session helps to relieve some “beginners nerves” when you attend your first class with your dog.
Can I bring my dog to the Information Session?
Dogs or Puppies are NOT required to attend the Information Session. Please leave your dog at home for the Information Session. This allows you to ask any questions you may have without distraction and gives us an opportunity to introduce not only ourselves but our venue to you.
What do I bring to the Information Session?
Yourself, your dog’s current vaccination certificate and your preferred method of payment (cash or direct deposit) should you decide to become a member of our club after the Information Session. Puppies must have received their first vaccination before commencing class
What do I bring to group class?
Food treats (Alternatively, treats are available for purchase before training)
Toy – your dog’s favourite toy (Toys are available for purchase)
Training equipment I will need to bring?
Please arrive with your dog on a flat collar (not a correction chain). Leads should be secure and not retractable (retractable leads can break and hurt someone). The use of harnesses in class are not encouraged as they tend to promote pulling on the lead. Halti type collars are allowed.
Do you sell training equipment?
We stock a limited range of collars, leads, toys and other training accessories.
Training techniques used?
We train using balanced training techniques. Lots of praise and positive reinforcement helps your dog learn.
Training times for public/school holidays?
We do not train on public holidays. A timetable for school holidays is available on our website.
Do you train in wet weather?
We do train in wet weather. If there are any changes this will be stated on our website, your safety is our priority.
Is my dog too young to attend?
Puppies must have received their first vaccination to attend group classes.
Is my dog too old to attend?
We don’t have an age limit, remember old dogs can learn new tricks too!
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
FIRST RESPONDER INFORMATION
Who is a First Responder?
First Responders include current and ex-serving Police, Fire, Ambulance, 000 Dispatch and Military personnel.
If you have any queries please contact us.
Why run group classes for First Responders?
MSK9T promotes good mental health and well-being. Classes are run to provide a safe space for people from similar backgrounds. Due to the difficult nature of these jobs some people may be experiencing symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and we cater for those individuals.
Can I attend group classes if I’m not a First Responder?
Anyone is welcome to book a Private In-Home Consult, including Therapy and Service Dog training, however, at this stage Group Classes held at Suzanne Cory High School are limited to First Responders only.
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