Therapy Dog & Handler Training - Community Team

COMMUNITY Therapy dog training
Human-Canine AAT Team Training (5 Days)

This Therapy Dog & Handler training course is designed to equip you and your dog with the skills required to work together in an animal-assisted activities (visiting) setting.  This is the course that is suitable for people who are wishing to:

--- Volunteer with their dog at a hospital or school

--- Working in the health industry in an admin role

--- Support worker role

--- Health worker who is not registered with a regulatory body

--- Clinicians who finds these course dates more convenient

If you are unsure if you meet this criteria - please ask!


This course has less clinical content than the clinical dog course, as such there is more time to focus on activities which are relevant and interesting to community workers and volunteers. 


It is our primary goal that your dog and your client/s are both safe and enjoy their experiences together. Therefore, this 5-day course covers a wide range of topics from obedience, manners and canine body language to specific animal assisted activities training. 

This course is for people who have their own dog and are looking to become involved in the field of AAT. While we do not require your dog to have had prior training, as we will teach you everything you need to know, you may want to have a look at our suggested course preparation here. 

This course is designed to provide  you with a range of dog-training skills and techniques to assist you and your dog to meet the criteria for graduation as a human-canine therapy team. Throughout the 5-day course we do a range of assessments and if you and your dog meet the criteria, you will graduate at a specified level. Levels are explained here, the criteria for graduation can be discussed with you prior to enrolment in the course (on request). We encourage dog-handler teams to be working towards those criteria prior to commencement of the course, but it is not compulsory. Dogs and handlers who do not meet graduation criteria will have the opportunity to book an individual re-assessment at a time of their choosing (or at one of our Group Training days) your Therapy Dog bandana will be provided upon graduation, whenever that might be. Graduates will also receive a certificate, all certificates have an expiry date upon which time you and your dog will need to be assessed as a team again. This can be done at our Group Training Days, which are open to course graduates only. Graduation certificates may also contain information about the recommended work settings suitable for your team at the time of graduation. 

Course cost is $1500, with early bird fee of $1300 for courses paid in full 6 weeks prior to course start date or courses paid in full upon registration (at any time).

$1500*  for 5-Day course (lunch not included, however there is a kitchen on site with a fridge, microwave, coffee making facilities etc.). This price includes a Black Dog training halter and lead, which are provided on arrival. This fee also includes a Therapy Dog bandana for course graduates. Additional bandanas and therapy dog coats can also be purchased at the time of graduation.  
Note: A non-refundable deposit of $300 is required to hold your enrollment in the course. The balance is due no later than two weeks before the course start date. 
*People who have already attended our 1-day AAT workshop will receive a $100 discount.

*Credit Card payments can incur a surcharge

This course takes place at Burpengary, which is approximately 25mins North of Brisbane, Queensland. Please email us if you require further information, the exact location will be emailed prior to the commencement of the course. The venue is close to the Burpengary Train Station. Please be aware there are other animals living on the training property, including horses, chickens & a cat - please advise at the time of booking your course if you have fears or allergies of any of these species. 
Upcoming Training Dates  

Monday 27th - Friday 31st August
Summer School - 5 Day course split over 5 weeks, held on Fridays starting Oct 19th 2018


Please complete this form to register, upon receipt of your form we will email you to confirm your place in the course. 
There is a limit of 12 places per course, therefore a non-refundable $300 deposit is required to hold your place. 
The full amount is required no later than 30 days prior to the commencement of the course. 
Cancellations with less than 30 days notice will not receive a refund. 

In the event that you need to transfer to a different course date, a $150 admin fee will be applied. Deposits for the initial course date will be forfeited. As such, an additional deposit will be required to hold your place in the alternative date. Course transfers are not allowed within 30 days of course commencement date. 

To register for this course, please download the registration form here.
Complete and email back to us at [email protected] 
An invoice for payment will be emailed to you within 48hrs of receiving your registration form. 
Non-refundable deposit of $300 is required to hold your place in the course. 
Remaining balance is required no later than 30 days prior to course start date. 
There are no refunds for cancellations or transfers within 30 days of the course start date.

August 27, 2018 at 9am - September 01, 2018
Therapy Dogs Australia
15 Rosehill Dr
Burpengary 4505
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