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On this page read about:

  • PCT Therapy Dog Training
  • PCT Therapy Dog Certification
  • Therapy Dog Facilities
  • Therapy Dogs Vs Assistance Dogs


 Download The Paws, Claws & Tails Therapy Dog Information Pack [1 Mb, PDF]


This information pack gives you all the information you need to get started. Please don’t hesitate to contact us directly if you have any questions.


(If you are looking to get or train an assistance dog (a dog to help YOU with your disability), visit our Assistance Dog page.)

About PCT Therapy Dogs

Therapy Dogs are a wonderful way to provide comfort, support and friendship to people in a range of Facilities including aged care, hospitals, schools, community and youth, and you can become a part of this whether you’re a healthcare professional, educator, support organisation, a business or just an individual wanting to volunteer and give back to your community.


PCT Therapy Dogs can assist you in achieving your Therapy Dog goals through our all-inclusive Therapy Dog Training and Certification program.


We help you from start to finish, including placement into a Facility upon certification.

Therapy Dog Certification

Once you’ve passed your Assessment you are certified as a PCT-Registered Therapy Team.


Your dog will be measured for their Therapy vest & your ID card will be ordered. Please note, you cannot start your placement until you have received both of those. You will receive your digital certification and be provided with your Therapy Team Identification Number (TTIN) upon passing the Assessment.

Become A Registered Therapy Dog Facility

The Paws, Claws & Tails (PCT) Therapy Dog Program is for those facilities such as schools, libraries, hospitals, aged care facilities, psychiatric wards who see the benefit in having a trained Therapy Dog visit their facility for the benefit of their residents.


You may also be a healthcare professional looking to certify your own dog to provide extra support to your patients or a business wanting to have a permanent Therapy Dog onsite for your staff.


Download The Paws, Claws & Tails Therapy Dog Information Pack For FACILITIES [1 Mb, PDF]

Become A Registered Therapy Dog Facility

The benefits to the Visit Recipients of a Therapy Dog Team are many-fold, but include:


  • Decreased stress and anxiety
  • Increased comfort in stressful situations
  • Increased development of social skills through a non-judgmental “friend”
  • Increased development of appropriate interpersonal skills including empathy
  • Increased rapport between a professional and their patient or client


And more…

How Do You Start – What is the process?

  1. Get in touch with Charlotte via the enquiry form on our contact page.
  2. Charlotte will book in a date and time for your initial consultation where you can make a plan about training your therapy dog and booking an assessment for certification.
  3. Charlotte will help you train your therapy dog and conduct a certification exam upon completion.

There are 4 stages to our Therapy Dog Program:

  • Stage 1 – The Initial Interview
  • Stage 2 – Training
  • Stage 3 – The Assessment
  • Stage 4 – Certification, Placement & Renewal

More Information


Please contact Paws, Claws & Tails before booking in for any Therapy Dog Training.

Not sure of the difference between a Therapy Dog and an
Assistance (or Service) Dog?


Take the quiz and find out!

View Our List Of Current Certified Therapy Dogs

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