Service and Therapy Dog Programs

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Service (Assistance) Dog training-

Offered through our Service Dog Training Package. High level obedience training provided. Service Dog handlers and dogs are trained with the skills to meet Public Access Test requirements. 

Dogs assist in alleviating symptoms in a range of professionally diagnosed medical conditions including Autism Spectrum, PTSD, anxiety, depression, mobility issues, hearing difficulties, diabetes and epilepsy.

 

Can I train my pet dog to be a Service 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 at least 12 months of age, not a restricted breed in Victoria, 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.

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’s included in the Service Dog training package?

Beginner Level

Assessment for entry into the program

12 x 1 hour private lessons

Weekly training plans

Assessment for entry into Intermediate Level

 

Intermediate Level

12 x 1 hour private lessons

Weekly training plans

Log book template

Assessment for In-Training jacket

Liaison with medical practitioners

In-Training ID card

In-Training jacket

 

Advanced Level-

12 x 1 hour private lessons

Weekly training plans

Log book template

Public Access Test for jacket

Liaison with medical practitioners

ID card

 

*Contact us for pricing


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Therapy Dog training

Offered through our Therapy Dog Training Package.  

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

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.

 

General Information

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 can have restricted 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 full public access rights to access places such as supermarkets or restaurants.

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 are classified as companion dogs.

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