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March 2021

Visiting Team Certification – Foundation (Step Two)

March 18 - March 20
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

Limited places available! Delivered face to face in Melbourne, with Covid-safe practices, this course is Step Two in our Certification programme. Running over three days with community visits (Covid permitting) it provides graduates with the Team Certification required to begin working together in Canine Assisted Interactions (CAI). Handlers who have previously completed the Provisional Handler Certification can attend with their dogs to complete a range of practical activities and assessments to achieve their Visiting Therapy Dog & Handler Team Certification.…

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April 2021

Provisional Handler Certification (Step One)

April 12 - April 14
live Online, Zoom and Matrix

This intensive short course runs live online over 2.5 days developing therapy dog handling skills from the comfort of your own home anywhere in Australia or the world. Students participate in live online workshops with our dedicated instructors interspersed with online lectures on canine training, socialisation and behaviour. Participants graduate with Provisional Handler Certification (Step One in Certification), which may then form the foundation for further practical training and Certification with their dogs.   Please note that the dogs are…

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Visiting Team Certification – Foundation (Step Two)

April 15 - April 17
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

Delivered face to face in Melbourne, with Covid-safe practices, this course is Step Two in our Certification programme. Running over three days with community visits (Covid permitting) it provides graduates with the Team Certification required to begin working together in Canine Assisted Interactions (CAI). Handlers who have previously completed the Provisional Handler Certification can attend with their dogs to complete a range of practical activities and assessments to achieve their Visiting Therapy Dog & Handler Team Certification. For a full…

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(Re)Certification Canine

April 29
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

Delivered as a single, face to face day in Melbourne (Re)Certification is an intensive and activity packed day running participants through all of the obedience, manners, application skills and scenarios that form the Therapy Dog and handler assessments. (Re)Certification 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 1 year). This course is also open to Certified Handlers, Advanced Handlers and Certified Practitioners who want…

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May 2021

Provisional Handler Certification (Step One)

May 10 - May 12
live Online, Zoom and Matrix

This intensive short course runs live online over 2.5 days developing therapy dog handling skills from the comfort of your own home anywhere in Australia or the world. Students participate in live online workshops with our dedicated instructors interspersed with online lectures on canine training, socialisation and behaviour. Participants graduate with Provisional Handler Certification (Step One in Certification), which may then form the foundation for further practical training and Certification with their dogs.   Please note that the dogs are…

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Visiting Team Certification – Foundation (Step Two)

May 13 - May 15
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

Delivered face to face in Melbourne, with Covid-safe practices, this course is Step Two in our Certification programme. Running over three days with community visits (Covid permitting) it provides graduates with the Team Certification required to begin working together in Canine Assisted Interactions (CAI). Handlers who have previously completed the Provisional Handler Certification can attend with their dogs to complete a range of practical activities and assessments to achieve their Visiting Therapy Dog & Handler Team Certification. For a full…

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Emotional Support Dog Training – Full Time (Teen)

May 24 - May 28
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

This course is the delivered full-time over 5 consecutive days, and is suitable for individuals (and support person) who have the capacity to attend the training centre each day.  The content is primarily aimed at teens and young adults, and their parents/carers. Based on the philosophies of Therapeutic Dog Training, this unique therapeutic program is part group therapy and part dog training. Participants are supported by mental health clinicians and professional dog trainers to develop strong and healthy relationships with…

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June 2021

Provisional Handler Certification (Step One)

June 7 - June 9
live Online, Zoom and Matrix

This intensive short course runs live online over 2.5 days developing therapy dog handling skills from the comfort of your own home anywhere in Australia or the world. Students participate in live online workshops with our dedicated instructors interspersed with online lectures on canine training, socialisation and behaviour. Participants graduate with Provisional Handler Certification (Step One in Certification), which may then form the foundation for further practical training and Certification with their dogs.   Please note that the dogs are…

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Visiting Team Certification – Foundation (Step Two)

June 10 - June 12
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

Delivered face to face in Melbourne, with Covid-safe practices, this course is Step Two in our Certification programme. Running over three days with community visits (Covid permitting) it provides graduates with the Team Certification required to begin working together in Canine Assisted Interactions (CAI). Handlers who have previously completed the Provisional Handler Certification can attend with their dogs to complete a range of practical activities and assessments to achieve their Visiting Therapy Dog & Handler Team Certification. For a full…

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Advanced preparation & theory (Step Three)

June 21 - June 23
live Online, Zoom and Matrix

Delivered live online over 2.5 days, this course provides you with advanced applied CAI theory and teaches the skills to prepare your dog for advanced training and assessment. Forming Step Three in our Certification programme, the course is designed for graduate teams (handler & dog) who wish to extend their theoretical knowledge and practical application skills. Students participate in live online practicum workshops with our dedicated instructors interspersed with online theory lectures and quizzes.   For a full description of…

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Advanced Team Certification (Step Four)

June 24 - June 26
The Alpha Canine Centre, 54 Rushdale Street
Knoxfield, Victoria 3180 Australia

Delivered face to face in Melbourne over two days, this practical course consolidates the skills and knowledge learned during the online preparation course. This course is Step Four in our Certification programme, providing graduates with Advanced Therapy Dog and Handler Team Certification.   For a full description of this course, including pre-requisites, eligibility and prices, please see the course information page. Please note: You can apply for Step Three (Advanced preparation) and Step Four (Advanced Team Certification) on the one application…

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July 2021

Provisional Handler Certification (Step One)

July 19 - July 21
live Online, Zoom and Matrix

This intensive short course runs live online over 2.5 days developing therapy dog handling skills from the comfort of your own home anywhere in Australia or the world. Students participate in live online workshops with our dedicated instructors interspersed with online lectures on canine training, socialisation and behaviour. Participants graduate with Provisional Handler Certification (Step One in Certification), which may then form the foundation for further practical training and Certification with their dogs.   Please note that the dogs are…

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