Not your typical dog training class but should you be up for an enjoyable time with your dog this one day program may include street walks, picnics, beach swims primarily in NSW, Australia. (If you are interested yet outside this area let us know and we may be able to put you in touch with people closer to you).
Want to provide something fresh for your clients?
Our services include:
- Resources and professional development workshops for clinicians and health care providers on incorporating a dog into service provision.
- Pet Therapy Preparation Program for health care facilities (Includes Pre-screening of patients/clients/staff and pre-education session to your patients/clients/staff prior to a visit from a live animal).
- Customised Animal Based Program - Design or use of one of Competent K9's existing Animal Assisted Activity or Animal Assisted Therapy Programs such as "Reboot" or "Fido's Fit Friends" - (Includes pre-screening and education, progress documentation and program evaluation).
HEALTH & EDUCATION SERVICE PROVIDERS
what you need to know
Changing lives through better service outcomes and greater client satisfaction
URGENT - TO DO
Workshops, E-learning, Upcoming conferences; Research Articles; Podcasts.
Workshops, E-learning, Upcoming conferences; Research Articles; Podcasts. Fact Sheets; E-books; Pet Therapy Activity Books; Bookmarks; Infographics.Pet therapy products, dog toys and training equipment; T-Shirts
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>Header for shop - Enter to win Pet therapy pack
Pet Therapy Referral
Click here to download our referral letter for pet therapy
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Win a Pet Therapy Resource Kit FREE!!
To enter simply click here.
IMPORTANT - TO DO
>thinking of getting a dog for a relative or yourself to enhance wellbeing?Click here for a list of things you need to consider (coming soon).
>Self assessment form on the quality of the pet therapy service at your facility?
How to improve the quality of the pet therapy service at your facility?
>Crate Training and Pet Therapy
>Foundation behaviours for pet therapy - "I'm interested in becoming involved in pet therapy with my dog what behaviours should I start to teach my dog first?"
>Online Puppy socialisation course (coming soon)
What training methods should I use and how do I commence therapy dog training with my puppy?
>What's in a training method? ...and why is it so important?
The training methods you use to train your dog to interact with the world in various human designed environments and perform certain behaviours are crucial to the outcomes of pet therapy.
Why dogs can be good for us - good content
Cool videos to draw inspiration from
Awesome animation and song - change training principles though
I want a dog
Slow motion - stress signals video
Like this one
LINKS to CK9 SHOP
Add to educators and clinicians page - link to shop
These items could be used to create atmosphere in the clinical setting, as prizes, incentives, or as resources to assist in facilitating a back-up activity when your visiting dog cannot attend your facility.
Resources ...for the dogs - link to shop from dog owners and lovers page
E-Book to create
Activity ideas for visiting therapy dogs E-Book
Walking into a room full of people, with every person's eyes on you and being the centre of attention can be nerve racking for even the most outgoing humans. Similarly this can be quite stressful for a therapy dog. This Competent K9 publication provides tips and tricks on how to facilitate an intervention that increases the likelihood of satisfying both the needs of the dogs and people involved. Click here and we will email you when this resource becomes available.
Pet Therapy Preparation Program
"All our clients love dogs" ...or do they? Even if they do, do they know how to appropriately interact with an animal that is unfamiliar with them? Click here and we will email you when this resource becomes available.
Social Skills Animal Assisted Intervention
Optimising health through nature and animals
However rather than attending a dog training class our events involve mentoring and coaching in a relaxed, fun environment that is conducive to learning and simply being in the refreshing company of animals and like minded people.
Not your typical dog training class but should you be up for an enjoyable time with your dog this one day program may include street walks, picnics and beach swims primarily in NSW, Australia. (If you are interested yet outside this area let us know and we may be able to put you in touch with people closer to you).
The Duck Inn - Dog friendly pub - 74 Rose St, Chippendale
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Make this into a video to put on pet clinicans/eudcators page as an example of a customised animal assisted intervention
CUSTOMISED ANIMAL ASSISTED INTERVENTIONS
We also offer customised animal assisted interventions. Please see the example below and fill out the form adjacent and we will be in contact with you to discuss your needs
Example Customised Animal Assisted Intervention
Fido's Fit Friends - Active, Healthy Kids Initiative
A two hour action packed program delivered to Primary Schools and Out of School Hours care providers that entertains, educates and ignites primary school children into action.
This unique and innovative program is based on the notion that just as *Service Dogs need the right exercise and food to be able to perform well and feel good, so too do humans. All children receive a ‘Doggy Bag’ at the start of the program full of healthy food and drink snacks. The children learn about the dog sport of agility; the demonstration given by the dogs is then mirrored by
the children on their own age-specific obstacle and agility course.
This program helps build self-esteem and confidence in children as Dogs provide acceptance. They don’t care what someone moves like, looks like, or sounds like. They don’t judge. They have a calming effect and promote laughter and joy, all of which serve to encourage and motivate each child to participate.
In addition to the development of social skills, the psychomotor (physical), cognitive (intellectual) and affective (psychological) behavioural domains are all crucial elements that have been considered in the design of this program.
Hence this Competent K9 initiative not only promotes physical activity in Primary school aged children but also serves to increase every participant’s ability to live happily, have a positive view of exercise and experience good quality of life.
This program is directed and staffed by degree qualified, highly experienced leisure and health professionals. The Demonstration Dogs are either present or future Service Dogs that have passed rigorous temperament tests and are handled only by experienced Dog Behavioural Trainers.
(*)A Service Dog is any guide dog, signal dog, or other animal individually trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability.
If you are a school or an out of school hours service provider and are interested in this program. Please Contact Us and request a 'Fido's Fit Friends' Information Kit.
Competent K9 designs and facilitates educational seminars and therapeutic recreation programs that enageg infants to teh elderly by utilising the unique and unreplicable qualities of canines.
benfit and engage a wide variety of client/patient population groups by utilising the unique and unreplicable qualities of canines. (from infants to the elderly)
The lifelong journey of learning ....for us and for our dogs is never complete
Animal Assisted Activities Event Calendar
Competent K9 has 'Dog Themed' Event Days they are ideal for:
Valentines Day 'Puppy Love' Event Day
Close the GAP (March ?)
St Patrick's Day Parade (Irish Dog Breeds - Irish Setter, Irish Wolfhound...)
Easter (delivery of Easter eggs) - Tracking dog demonstration followed by a client Easter egg hunt or dog pulling easter bunny sleigh.
Anzac Day - Dog's of
War - Dog's with Jobs demonstration
6-12 May 2013 - Diversional Therapy Week
>Australia's Biggest Morning Tea - Tea-Cup pups
>Wishbone Day12 May 2013 - Mother's Day
13-19 May 2013 - Music Therapy Week
17 May 2013 - 'Food Revolution Day' (Jaime Oliver's)
>Sun 25/5/14 Vivid Darling Harbour
>Mon 26/5/14 = National Sorry Day / launch of Reconciliation Week - La Perouse
>Queen's Birthday - Corgi's and High Tea
Christmas in July Event Day - Sammy Paws
Be kind to animals week - (www.edgarsmission.org.au)
5 Stages of grief
Denial: "This can't be happening to me."
Anger: "Why is this happening? Who is to blame?"
Bargaining: "Make this not happen, and in return I will ____."
Depression: "I'm too sad to do anything."
Acceptance: "I'm at peace with what happened."
Robert Tornambe, M.D
If you love being in the company of animals (whether or not you have a dog of your own) we'd love to hear from you.
Our team includes people who have extensive experience in animal behaviour and training. However rather than attending a dog training class our events involve mentoring and coaching in a relaxed, fun environment that is conducive to learning and simply being in the refreshing company of animals and like minded people.
The competent K9 community includes advocates of pet therapy, animal enthusiasts, health and education professionals and canine behaviour professionals.
Pet Therapy Preparation program
This program includes:
Professional Development Workshops
Our workshops are designed for health and education service providers facilitating or receiving pet visitations or those simply wanting to tap into the power of animals for their clients.
If you would like Competent K9 to present at your facility click on the link below.
Our team also regularly present at a range of industry conferences.
Competent K9 will be presenting at the following upcoming conferences: TBA
Competent K9's Animal Assisted Interventions
Competent K9 has an extensive history of designing and facilitating Animal Assisted Interventions throughout Australia.
Examples of population groups we service include children, youth, individuals with various disabilities including those with a physical, sensory and/or neurological impairment, persons requiring physical rehabilitation, individuals residing in short and long term accommodation and persons who have experienced trauma.
Currently we have two programs available for purchase that can be customised to your client group:
We also offer customised animal assisted interventions. Click on the link below for more information.
Have a resource suggestion?
Look for something positive in each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder
How does it work?
"This workshop provides all the essential information for anyone thinking about or already involved in the field of Pet Therapy".
Websites that may interest you
Pet Therapy Prescription
Choose from a variety of posters to stick on your work desk; Or on the wall next to your patients bed; Or to give your relative that may be receiving healthcare support to stick on their fridge/bedroom door so healthcare workers can become aware that they have an interest in dogs.
Stress is important to recognise not only in the dogs you're working with but also moments when it is displayed by the child or adult that the dog is interacting with.
..think CSI, the detective is never on the side of the table furthest from the exit) and regular visual 'check-ins' with their handler (where the dog makes eye contact with it's owner without being prompted) should be two essential behaviours of any animal involved in pet therapy.
Click here to view a range of alternative costume options for you and your dog.
Click here to view a range of alternative costume options for you and your dog. Also click on the image adjacent to take a look at some pictures to see whether you can identify any signs of stress in the body language of the following dogs in costume. At Competent K9 we only use and endorse the use of collar costumes. However if an individual has a clinical goal of needing to wear something that they initially are not comfortable with such as a prosthesis or an an oxygen mask a gradual desensitisation process implemented effectively using positive reinforcement can be useful to simultaneously or first demonstrate with a dog so that they have a fellow living being taking a similar journey to themselves and can see firsthand that over a number of sessions the dog loves to wear the item as there is something in it for him/her (eg lots of treats, playtime). Typically almost all dogs do not like wearing costumes if not first desensitised to them. For this reason no dog should be made to wear an item external to its body whether it be a costume or head collar without first being desensitised to the item. Particularly if then required to visit a novel and unpredictable environment such as a health care facility. The individual dog, the individual item, and the implementation of the desensitisation process itself will dictate the length of time it will take for a dog to become comfortable (...or under what criteria). Until this point in time the particular item should not be used.
Fun and educational workshops and seminars - Our workshops enable individuals to take the time to understand and embrace the power and wonder that happens between animals and people and grasp a complete understanding of the role and place dogs can play in human service delivery
Many people have no concept of how a dog thinks or feels, what their general needs are, and what it takes to live and work together. By hearing a series of lectures, attending dog training classes and receiving various resources, workshop attendees come to understand much more about his or her dog, their role in the professional setting, and therefore, is able to recognise and solve problems, anticipate and overcome future obstacles and (in the case of Therapy Dog Handlers), to enhance their dog's training in an effective and humane manner using purely positive reward based training methods.
Our interactive approach enables those at our workshops to gain a true appreciation and experience firsthand the healing power that animals have on humans and the happiness and sense of well being that they engender.
The lessons that are learned through the force of the human/canine bond are never ending - consistently inspiring a new respect, appreciation and celebration of life.
We owe it to the amazing dogs and people we work with who put their trust in us to constantly improve and enhance the way we and our dogs work, rest and play.
"You don't know, what you don't know"
Here's how you can discover...
What you are prepared for, what never had crossed your mind prevent issues
Eg nursing homes, schools
Fact Sheets / products / research
Current and future Handlers
Getting the most from your therapy dog
Book three or more places on the one day camp and receive a 5% discount per person.
Book a group of 10 or more and receive a 20% discount
Competent K9 caters for groups of all sizes
Whether you’re organising an internal excursion (we come to you), a client outing, or an experience for family and friends, Competent K9 gives you a 20% discount on your camp fee.
(Terms and conditions apply. Does not apply to all Dog Camps.)
To book your group, just call our Program Manager:
Ph: +61 468 590 635
Or alternatively complete the form below.
Coming Soon .... Youth Dog Camp
Canine Training and Sports Program
The critical facts you need to know about Dogs and Pet Therapy
>An Introduction to Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT)
>AAT - The Facts
>Physiological basis and practical application of the Human Animal Bond
>Incorporating a dog safely and effectively
>Training and selecting a dog for Animal Assisted Therapy / Animal Assisted Activities
>Quality Indicators for Animal Assisted Interventions
Getting the most from your Therapy Dog
>How to "operate" your dog
>Identifying "balanced" teams
>Role of stress
Where: Sydney, NSW
Contact Us to register your interest and we will advise you via email when this workshop series next becomes available.
You know what you need out of an intervention. We know how to go about integrating a canine or 'dog' theme into the situation safely, effectively and efficiently. At Competent K9 ensuring that the therapy is not at the expense of a dog's physical and/or psychological welfare is of paramount importance. Our Intervention Management Team assists private organisations, Government Departments, individual practitioners and corporate companies deliver safe and effective leisure, health and educational Animal Assisted Interventions to a wide variety of population groups.
Pet Dog Training & Therapy Dog Training
Themed Modules Include:
Care for Others
Personal, Daily & Social Living Skills
Personal, Daily and Social Living Skills Program. Delivered through a variety of dog themed recreational activities with an emphasis on community participation.
>What are the considerations required if I want to take my own pet dog to work
>I am a therapist and have a client that would benefit from Pet Therapy do you provide a service that would allow me access to one of your Therapy Dogs?
Have a question that is not above?
Frequently Asked Questions
Careers at Competent K9
Competent K9 is an expanding business and we are continually on the look out for great new individuals and/or dogs to join the team.
Complete the form below and you will be sent an Expression of Interest Form by reply email.
News & Events:
*Youth Crew Recruitment - Applications close 30 April 2010 [contact us]
*October School Holiday Kids' Camps [more]
*New program for 'Youth at Risk' [coming soon]
*Book back in stock - 'A new leash on life' [more]
*Pet Therapy Research Update [more]
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Competent K9 Pet Therapy Resources
Win a Pet Therapy Resource Kit FREE!!
Competent K9 Program Design
Win a customised Animal Assisted Intervention FREE!!
Competent K9 Dog Camp
Win a day at Jr Dog Camp FREE!!
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4. Competition Code
(Resource kit = wp0309;
Program Design = ws0309; Day at Dog Camp = wc0309)
Prize will be drawn 30 Nov 2011, winner notified by phone and/or email.