Mullum Road Clinic are very proud of our two therapy dogs that recently completed official, Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) training and certification.
Clinical Psychologist Leanne Winter with therapy dog Parti and Psychologist Tess Shahyan with therapy dog Milo rugged up for the cold weather in Macclesfield, located in the Yarra Ranges shire Victoria.
Our two therapy dogs and Psychologists attended the six day Foundation AAI (Animal Assisted Interventions) and Therapy-Dog certification course, in the first week of June. This is run by Lead The Way, in conjunction with Alpha Canine Professional dog training. This replaced the previous five day Intensive Therapy Dog Handlers Course. The course consisted of theory and practical training throughout the six days and on the final day we take the dogs out of the facility to have ‘on the job’ training, visiting with a group of children or an aged care facility. By the end of the course you are qualified to work with your Therapy-Dog in Animal-Assisted Interventions (AAI).
For more information and photographs about the certified dog training and its benefits, please take a look at our Animal Assisted Therapy page.
We had a very busy and informative week, but still made time to enjoy the beautiful country area. During the course of the week, you can develop a better connection as a human-canine team. Therapy dogs Milo and Parti also enjoyed being amongst other canines and they took part in several fun photo shoots.