Frequently asked questions
Why use Delta Therapy dogs?
Four legged professionals:Delta provides fully certified teams - volunteers and their beloved dogs
Each Delta accredited dog has undergone strict temperament testing to determine their suitability for visiting. Our therapy dogs are reassessed for their suitability every 1-2 years, depending on age
Volunteers undergo a police check and complete a training course that covers WHS, visiting procedures, human health and communication and animal behaviour training
The beloved care, respect and relationship between dog and owner are of the highest standard. This translates to positivity and warmth during visits.
What benefits will a Therapy Dog visit bring to my workplace?
Scientifically proven benefits of Delta dog therapy:
Physical– interaction with a furry friend reduces blood pressure, provides tactile stimulation, assists pain management, gives motivation to move and stimulates the senses
Social – a visit with a dog provides a positive topic for discussion, promotes greater self-esteem and well-being, and focused interaction with others
Cognitive – Canine companionship stimulates memory, problem solving and game playing
Emotional– an adorable four-legged visitor is non-judgemental and provides acceptance, is calming and lifts mood often with laughter
Environmental – a dog decreases the feeling of a sterile environment, lifts mood and this continues after each visit.
(Data courtesy of the Australian Companion Animal Council)
Will the dogs make a mess?
All dogs have passed the Delta Society temperament assessment and are accredited. Our dogs are prepared, walked (and relieved) before a visit.
Delta therapy dog teams abide by the following standards for visits:
- Volunteers ensure their dogs are clean, very ‘pattable’ and prepared before visits
- Delta therapy dogs are vaccinated to the highest level and treated regularly for internal and external parasites
- Our therapy dogs regularly visit hospitals and aged-care centres.
How long does a therapy dog visit last?
Can you meet our specific company requirements?
Yes. Once we receive your request for a therapy dog, we will contact you to discuss specific visit requirements, such as number of dog teams needed, venue particulars and any special staff considerations. We can also work with your building management to ensure we comply with their requirements.
How much notice do I need to give for a visit?
Ideally, we prefer at least 4 weeks notice to organise a visit to your organisation. However, we do our best to accommodate all requests.
What is the cost of having a therapy dog visit our workplace?
A 90-minute therapy dog visit for up to 250 participants costs $900.00 + GST.
If you are expecting a higher number of participants or you woudl like to schedule multiple visits, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote.
What happens during a visit?
Generally our therapy dog teams begin a visit in a common room or area. Our volunteers talk with staff or students about their dog, their therapy visits and answer questions about dogs.
The dogs interact with staff and students offering a pat, a floppy ear to listen or paw to shake. Staff and students get to relax, share stories and positive mutual appreciation. Often the teams will do a walk around the office and meet staff at their work stations.
Will a dog run around the office?
Our volunteers own the therapy dog and will remain with their dog. It is Delta policy that dogs be on a lead at all times. Our dogs have passed strict temperament testing and are accredited by Delta.
Does Delta Society have Insurance?
Yes, Delta Society has Public Liability Insurance to 20 million.