Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) Dog
At Mullum Road Clinic in Ringwood, we have psychologists that offer Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT). Animal Assisted Therapy is a form of therapy that involves animals as a form of treatment and our clinic specialises in dogs for Animal Assisted Therapy.
The goal of AAT is to improve a person’s social and emotional functioning. Advocates state that animals can be useful for a range of educational and motivational effectiveness for participants. A therapist who brings along a therapy dog also increases the rapport between client and therapist. More information on AAT and ways it can be helpful can be found on the Animal Assisted Therapy page.
Our therapy dogs receive training and certification. They complete Professional Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) Courses for Human-Canine Teams.
AAT Dog Casper
Casper the therapy dog, is a white Golden Retriever and loves coming into the clinic to work with all kinds of people. Casper is very gentle and friendly, loves nachos and can do high fives! Many of the clients enjoy walking and talking, so Casper is frequently taken for walks throughout the working day. Casper’s presence at the Mullum Road Clinic has been of significant benefit.
Casper is fully trained and accredited and is the first therapy dog to work at Mullum Road Clinic Psychologists. The Intensive-Dog Handlers course and the Advanced Therapy-Dog Handlers Course was completed with psychologist Leanne Winter. Casper and Leanne participated in the Mullum Road Clinic Psychologists exhibit at the Melbourne Autism Expo. They also took part in a talk and exhibit, at the Autism Health & Well Being Expo.
AAT Dog Parti
Parti the therapy dog is a Poodle and poodles are known to be a sociable breed and of good nature. Parti is a Parti Poodle, a mainly white Poodle with a Parti-colored coat (spotted). They are an intelligent breed which helps make them highly trainable. Parti has much energy, is fun and also enjoys going on regular walks.
The Foundation AAI and Therapy-Dog certification course (six days) was completed with Clinical Psychologist Leanne Winter. This course replaces the five day Intensive Therapy Dog Handlers Course. Parti and Leanne participated in the Mullum Road Clinic Psychologists exhibit at the Melbourne Autism Expo. They were also involved in a talk and the exhibit, at the Autism Health & Well Being Expo.
AAT Dog Milo
Milo the therapy dog is a rescue, cross-breed dog. We ordered a DNA test to find out his breed, a Breed Ancestry Certification. Our special Milo is a genetic mixture of Shih Tzu, Australian Cattle Dog, Lhasa Apso & Toy Poodle. Milo is cheeky, intelligent and loves your attention. He also loves cuddles and children.
Milo is a trained and accredited Animal Assisted Therapy Dog. The Foundation AAI and Therapy-Dog certification course was completed with Psychologist Tess Shashyan. Tess had been waiting for the perfect rescue dog to join the Mullum Road Clinic canine team. Tess also has a Rottweiler rescue dog called Sasha but she is a little old to train for AAT and Milo is learning from his big, canine sister Sasha. Tess and Milo are happy to join the AAT Human-Canine Team at Mullum Road Clinic Psychologists.
Raven is a five-year-old Dalmatian who will be joining the Mullum Road Clinic as a ‘trainee’ therapy dog. She will be at the clinic with Bec Chivell on Wednesdays. Raven is a very friendly and relaxed dog who loves to be cuddled by young and old. Her favourite hobbies are sunbaking, snaffling yummy snacks thrown from the toddler high chair, and going for walks.
Raven thrives on being around people, and in her previous life she was a ‘show dog’. Sadly, she lost her tail a few years ago after a very serious injury, so her showing days were over but she found a loving new home with Bec.
She still expresses lots of happiness through wagging her ‘mini’ tail and by giving big smiles (this is a common trait for Dalmatians). Raven and Bec hope to complete the accredited Animal Assisted Therapy course later this year, and in the mean time Raven will gather lots of great experience (and offer loads of cuddles) while she has her ‘L’ plates on.