The Re-certification Day allows graduates to refresh and recap on their skills after graduation.

It also allows teams to Re-Certify once their original Certification has expired. This intensive and activity packed day runs participants through all of the Leadership Obedience, Canine Good Behaviour Shaping, and Therapy-Dog application skills taught in the Foundation course.

The Re-certification Day allows graduates to refresh and recap on their skills after graduation. It also allows teams to Re-Certify once their original Certification has expired (usually after 2 years). This intensive and activity packed day runs participants through all of the Leadership Obedience, Canine Good Behaviour Shaping, and Therapy-Dog application skills taught in the Foundation course. The assessment criteria used are the same as that in the Foundation course.

This course is also open to previous (human) graduates who want to certify a second or subsequent dog, and don’t feel they need to attend the Foundation course again.

Pre-requisite: You must have completed the Foundation AAI and Therapy-Dog certification course before enrolling in our Therapy-Dog Refresh & Re-certification Day.

Location: The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale St. Knoxfield Victoria 3180logo-alpha-canine-professional

Dates: All upcoming course dates can be found in our Events Calendar, and Application Form.

Cost: $300 inc GST

Available for purchase: 

  • Therapy Dog Identification Coats $55
  • Lead & Halter sets $50

Note: A maximum of 15 participants will be accepted into each course. Please enrol early to avoid disappointment. A 20% non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place in the course. Fees must be paid in full 28 days prior to course commencement.

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Benefits of Re-Certification

Not all graduates of our courses will want to Re-certify for a variety of reasons.

Re-certification may be beneficial for those who wish to;

  • Remain up to date with current handling techniques or changes
  • Remain listed on the Lead the Way Directory page
  • Problem solve any issues or concerns with the way the Therapy-Dog is working or responding
  • Provide reassurance to insurers or employers of ongoing competence
  • Refresh skills and knowledge, and network with other graduates

Certification Process

As with the Foundation Course, dogs will be assessed on both obedience and behaviour. Aggressive or otherwise dangerous reactions from a dog will result in a grade of ‘not suitable’ for Therapy work. Out of control or fearful/avoidant behaviour will result in a grade of ‘not yet competent’ and recommendations for ongoing training or rehabilitation will be provided.

Certification remains current for 2 years for adult dogs (aged 3 years and over), one year for adolescent dogs (aged 1-2 years), and 6 months for puppies (aged 5 months – 1 year). Certification may be removed at any stage if your dog fails to meet the Suitability requirements. Graduate teams with current certification are eligible for listing on the Lead the Way Directory page.

Day Outline

The day is largely practical, with some group discussions;

Morning

Recap of the Canine Leadership System

  • Obedience including, sit, drop, step-aways & heeling
  • Canine Good Behaviour Shaping
Afternoon

Applications & Assessment

  • Applications – e.g. familiarisation with equipment such as wheelchairs
  • Role plays demonstrating obedience commands, control and handling
  • Visiting with diverse populations (e.g. children, aged, disabled)