Excellence in training and Certification for Animal Assisted Intervention Professionals

WellPaws Dogs For Wellbeing

Experts in the human-animal bond

Pandemic Recovery

New courses, New Content, New Prices!

The pandemic has taken a heavy toll on our lives for the past few years. We are experiencing professional burnout and overwhelm at ashtonishing rates and struggle to provide the support our clients, students and patients deserve. Waiting lists surge, children and young people are disengaging from schools and communities, and adults are re-thinking their life trajetories. Now, more than ever, helping professionals and dedicated families are exploring new ways to provide hope and support. In a world of social distancing, the unconditional love and connection provided by a therapy or support dog may be the balm we seek

Our Services

AAI Courses

Since 2006 we have been training professionals in the art and science of animal assisted interactions. Continually refined and developed, our courses bring together Australia’s leading experts to provide you the most sought after therapy dog and animal assisted intervention and interaction (AAI) training in the country.

WellPaws Dogs for Wellbeing

This unique programme assists individuals or families to train their own dog to provide them with emotional support or assistance. The WellPaws programme is a unique combination of therapeutic sessions and supported therapeutic dog training provided by our specialist team of mental health professionals and dog trainers.

Dog Training Classes & Workshops

Group training classes & workshops are now available to people wanting to prepare their dogs for therapy, emotional support or assistance work, and for those who have graduated from our Certification courses and would like to maintain or extend their skills.

Professional Development

Our highly qualified expert team provide a range of professional development services including workshops, conference presentations or seminars, organisational consultancy and clinical supervision in the field of the human animal bond and animal assisted interactions.

Just some of the benefits of AAI:

An inviting and warm environment

Increased feelings of relaxation

Improved mood and reduced depression

Improve the body’s response to stress

Increase self-worth and self-esteem

Help children and teens to feel safe in counselling

Learn by doing, not just talking

A comforting presence during tough times

Adapting to COVID-19.
Therapy Dog Certification in a post coronavirus pandemic world

In response to the changes happening in the world right now, we acknowledge the importance of companion animals. Now more than ever, humans and animals are benefiting from their unique and special bonds. Whilst the pandemic may have changed the way we train, we can still find ways to enhance your knowledge of the human animal bond and your skills in facilitating the bond. We have therefore developed a suite of flexible and online learning options for our students throughout Australia and the world.

Lead The Way Institute’s brand new online AAI courses will provide you with stand-alone Certifications, whilst also forming the pre-requisites for more advanced study. The online courses form a seamless pathway into our brand new practical, face to face, Certifications

Brand New Specialist Dog Training Classes

Introductory & Specialist Puppy Classes

Introductory classes are open to people who would like to investigate our training, ask questions, and see if our courses may be a good fit for themselves and their dogs. These classes are also a great way to get your puppy started on the right paw!

Preparation Class

Are you enrolled into one of our upcoming courses? Are you preparing your dog to work as a therapy, emotional support or assistance/service dog? This is the class for you! We will help to prepare both you and your dog for the upcoming intensive training programme.

Graduates Training Classes

If you have previously trained or Certified with us, you’re eligible to attend group classes! Keep up your skills in a friendly and supportive Maintenance class with other graduates. Alternatively try our Extension class. These classes are for Level Three graduates or above, and will help you to develop your skills to the next level in preparation for Advanced Certification (Level Four), and keep you learning more even after completing your advanced training.

Dog Training Workshops

Workshops are available for class participants or graduates to workshop particular skills including: Socialisation, Manners, Drives and MultiDog Handling.

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