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"Dogs Helping Humans"

                   Therapeutic Dog Services Incorporated

Dog Assisted Intervention Team

All dogs complete an intensive training regime over a two year period, that includes learning all the skills and tasks that might be called on for their work within various Animal Assisted Intervention Programs.

Therapeutic Dog Services Owned and Trained AAI Dog Teams

Masters of Animal Assisted Interventions

Cadbury

AAI Therapy Dog

Name: Cadbury

Breed: Standard Poodle


Chi Chi

AAI Therapy Dog

Name: Chi Chi

Breed: Chihuahua


Clyde

AAI Therapy Dog

Name: Clyde

Breed: Standard Poodle


River

AAI Therapy Dog

Name: River

Breed: Standard Poodle


Sebastian

AAI Therapy Dog

Name: Sebastian

Breed: Standard Poodle


Dog Assisted Interventions Team

Primary Role

Animal Assisted Intervention (AAI) professional therapists and dog trainers whom train animals specifically for this level of professional work in healthcare and social service settings.

Animal Assisted activities (AAA) provide opportunities for motivation, education, or recreation to enhance quality of life. Animal assisted activities are delivered in a variety of environments by specially trained professionals, paraprofessionals, or volunteers in association with animals that meet specific criteria.


Animal Assisted Education (AAE) is goal directed intervention programs in which an animal meeting specific criteria is an integral part of the educational process. Delivered and/or directed by health & human service provider working within the scope of their profession.  

Animal Assisted Therapy  (AAT) is a goal-directed intervention in which a dog is incorporated as an intergral part of the clinical health-care treatment process.

These dogs are exceptionally well behaved dogs, extensive training and experience.

These dogs are exceptionally well behaved dogs, extensive training and experience.


  •  work 5 to 6 days a week
  •  owned by TDS Inc and work as part of the TDS Inc professional health care team
  • work individually, however you will more than often see them working in a pack. 
  • work and are handled by various TDS Inc dog handlers.
  • have had vigorous training
  • Specifically trained to working in various stressful environments
  • Extensive experience working with clients living with acute illness, living with various degrees of disability, ageing population and mental health.
  • Extensive experience working with individual clients or large groups
  • Extensive experience working as a pack
Our working teams of professionals, handlers and dogs are on the job 6 days a week, and can be seen throughout South Australia, delivering programs within various SA Service Providers facilitys such as hospitals, retirement centres, schools, homeless shelters, disability services, community events and service delivery of Animal Assisted Activities Programs within  Centres Fulham and Seaton. 

Today, they also travel around Australia, contributing to program set up and implementation, presentations and special events.

Training

Our method of training uses natural learning: "classical conditioning", "guided learning", and "operant conditioning". 

All dogs have completed an intensive training regime over a two year period, that includes learning all the skills and tasks that might be called on for their work as therapy dogs or within the animal assisted activities programs.

Between 8 weeks and 12 weeks of age our puppy comes to Therapeutic Dog Services and is placed with a puppy socialiser, who takes him into their home and looks after him.


Our socialisers tasks are:

  • caring for the puppy’s well being 
  • carrying out routine health checks, 
  • ensuring he is the correct weight, 
  • and grooming. 
  • a developed puppy’s training schedule is followed in their home setting
  • a developed puppy’s training schedule is followed in a controlled environment, that is somewhere different to their home setting.

First 6 months

Focus on providing care, routine and consistency

  • Our method of training uses natural learning: "classical conditioning", "guided learning", and "operant conditioning", to maximize outcomes while keeping stress to a minimum. 
  • introduction of travelling in the car
  • introduction of various mobility aids, such as walking sticks, walkers, crutches and manual and electric wheelchairs.
  • naturally there are assessments and requirements to pass along the way, a level of competency throughout the first 6 months of training. Competency is needed to go onto the next specific stage of training. 
  • temperament testing is conducted through TDS Inc evaluator and independent dog behaviouralist, dogs must pass all requirements of the temperament testing to continue with their advanced training.  

 

From 6 months Old:

Focus shifts to transferring the training they have completed to 'real-life" situations and environments.

  • It is at this stage that the dog completes it general obedience and socialization training.
  • All dogs complete an intensive training regime that includes learning all the skills and tasks that might be called on for their work as therapy dogs or within the animal assisted activities programs.
  • this ensures the puppy is developing appropriately and transferring their training to the places they may visit as a working dog. 
  • puppy development in areas such as house training, learning to be left alone, and basic obedience. 
  •  socialising the pup around lots of people and animals, and visit as many different places as possible. 
  • puppies are brought occasionally during the days to the TDS Inc Head Office Centre, socialising with staff and visitors.
  • puppies are socialise with fellow TDS Inc working dog teams

When Ready

  • Regular one to one visits are organised in varied environments to ensure that the dog is comfortable and not stressed within his new possible working role.
  • Develop specific task work the dog will carry out, tailored training specific to possible  task or environment.
  • Training can continues up to two years, all TDS Inc dogs are continually training throughout their working lives.

Breeds we work with

We primarily acquire standard poodles however we also take in dogs from shelters, rescue groups or dogs that need re homing.

It is completely based on each dogs individual personality and temperament.

Retirement

Dogs will naturally start to slow down as he gets older. Semi-retirement is at around 9 years old, with official retirement at around 10 years old.


Due to this dog being brought up within a pack of dogs, and his working years, working within a pack of dogs, TDS Inc keep the dog and are able to or arrange for him to be re-homed with TDS Inc board members, family or close friends.   

In Memory

The Clinical Therapy Dog Program established in 2001, commenced as a program to promote responsible ownership and to encourage the training of well mannered dogs and the utilization of dogs within the therapeutic process.

Cody the white Standard Poodle was our original dog we commenced our Dog Assisted Intervention, (Therapy Dog) programs.

Cody became the model and backbone of the requirement in evaluation of other dogs, leaving a huge impact and impression within our service delivery.  

How you can help

Sponsoring 1 or more dogs helps us protect the health and well being of our dogs on their visitations,

this keeps our dogs fit and healthy protecting the dogs from every day normal transferable illness and diseases that are transferred from dog to dog, or human to dog.

Dog Food, Registration, Vaccinations, Worming, Flea Treatment, Heart worm, Vet Consultations and Training.  More information >