FAQs

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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.

Melanie is constantly attending workshops and courses to keep up to date with the latest training techniques.

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

SERVICE LOCATIONS

Service Area   (click to open map)

Abbotsford 3067, Alphington 3078, Armadale 3143, Auburn 3123, Auburn South 3122, Balaclava 3183, Balwyn 3103, Balwyn North 3104, Bellfield 3081, Beaumaris 3193, Bentleigh 3204, Bentleigh East 3165, Blackburn 3130, Blackburn North 3130, Black Rock 3193, Box Hill 3128, Box Hill North 3129, Brighton 3186, Brighton East 3187, Brighton North 3186, Burnley 3121, Burwood 3125, Burwood East 3151, Camberwell 3124, Canterbury 3126, Carnegie 3163, Caulfield 3162, Caulfield East 3145, Caulfield North 3161, Caulfield South 3162, Chadstone 3148, Cheltenham 3192, Clifton Hill 3068, Collingwood 3066, Deepdene 3103, Eaglemont 3084, Elsternwick 3185, Elwood 3184, Forest Hill 3131, Gardenvale 3185, Glen Huntly 3163, Glen Iris 3146, Glen Waverley 3150, Hampton 3188, Hampton East 3188, Hawthorn 3122, Hawthorn East 3123, Heidelberg 3084, Heidelberg West 3081, Hughesdale 3166, Huntingdale 3166, Ivanhoe 3079, Ivanhoe East 3079, Kew 3101, Kew East 3102, Kooyong 3144, Malvern 3144, Malvern East 3145, Mentone 3194, Mont Albert 3127, Mont Albert North 3129, Mount Waverley 3149, Murrumbeena 3163, Northcote 3070, Nunawading 3131, Oakleigh 3166, Oakleigh East 3166, Oakleigh South 3167, Ormond 3204, Prahran 3181, Preston 3072, Richmond 3121, Richmond East 3121, Richmond North 3121, Richmond South 3121, Ripponlea 3185, Sandringham 3191, St Kilda 3182, St Kilda East 3183, St Kilda West 3182, South Yarra 3141, Surrey Hills 3127, Toorak 3142, Windsor 3181

*Services outside this area incur a surcharge.

 

Elite Training Packages

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

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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.  Refer to the information below for details on Service 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 Melanie Scott K9 Training).  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.


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Special Thanks

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