Therapy Dogs are primarily used in organisations such as schools, hospitals or in therapy settings and help deliver creative ways for children to achieve their therapy goals.
- A healthcare professional working with assistive therapies or organisations wishing to include animal-assisted therapies into their programs.
- Any child or adult living with a condition or disability that has been assessed by Guide Dogs Tasmania as benefiting from a Therapy Dog, who can provide a safe and loving home, and demonstrate the ability to care for a Therapy Dog physically, emotionally and financially.
For more information, please contact our Guide Dog Services Department:
Phone: (03) 6232 1222
- A Therapy Dog does not have public access rights
- A child or adult with a disability or illness
- A health care professional working with assistive therapies
- Organisations seeking to include animal-assisted therapies into their programs
- The ability to care for a dog
- Able to provide a safe and loving home
- Meets the home assessment and handling requirements
Dog selection process
- Has sound temperament
- Has good basic obedience
- Engages positively with people
- Suitability of the dog to the role
- Time can be allocated within the day for the dog to engage in non-therapy activities
- Ability of the main handler to apply the techniques required
“Dog-Assisted Therapy has has been shown to benefit children of all ages and with a range of disabilities. Children can often make a unique connection with a Therapy Dog, allowing them to achieve their goals which may not have been possible or may have taken much longer.”
Tennille, Team Leader, Kites Therapy Tasmania