Delta Paws the Pressure Program
Reduce stress and promote well-being with a Paws the Pressure session at your workplace or tertiary institution.
Would you like Delta Therapy Dogs to come to your workplace or campus?
Our Paws the Pressure program brings volunteer Delta Therapy Dog Teams to a wide variety of settings as a unique well-being initiative designed to reduce stress and boost morale. Paws the Pressure sessions are tailored to meet the needs of diverse groups, including students, corporate teams, front line service providers, and not-for-profit workers.
A Paws the Pressure session involves calming cuddles and friendly paw-shakes with Delta Therapy Dogs, as well as chats with our Delta volunteers, who each have wonderful stories to share about their volunteer journey and the joy their Delta Therapy Dog brings to the community.
Paws the Pressure sessions can be tailored to coincide with:
A period of organisational change;
Times of operational stress;
Team-building sessions or a relaxed morning tea;
Wellbeing days and mental health awareness initiatives;
Student orientation or exam weeks.
Did you know that your Paws the Pressure session helps vulnerable people?
In addition to meeting a friendly Delta therapy dog, proceeds from Paws the Pressure sessions help us to continue to deliver on our purpose of helping animals bring joy through our Therapy Dogs Program in hospitals, aged care facilities, mental health facilities, palliative care, and disability services.
Duration: An in-person Paws the Pressure session lasts up to 90 minutes.
Therapy Dog Teams: While the number of Delta Therapy Dog Teams in a session will vary depending on number of participants and volunteer availability, generally, between 2-5 Delta Therapy Dog Teams will attend a session.
In-person sessions can be booked:
as one-off events;
as a package of four or more sessions;
as a yearly contract with one session per month.
Program cost: The cost for a 90-minute one-off Paws the Pressure session is $1,087+GST. Discounts are available when booking multiple sessions and for not-for-profit organisations as our way of giving back to the community. On submitting a booking request, we will provide you with an updated quote.
Working remotely or unable to be on site for a session: The Paws the Pressure program can also be delivered through the Delta Therapy Digi-Dogs Program, bringing Delta Therapy Dogs to participants in a live or pre-recorded online session, uniquely tailored for the needs of your organisation. An online session allows participants to remain connected with each other and experience the joy of a Delta Therapy Dog teams, even while working remotely.
Book a session
To start planning this unique well-being initiative please get in touch!
If you would like more information or to enquire about availability of your preferred date please click our enquiries button below to get in touch with our Paws the Pressure Coordinator, otherwise submit your request now.
When submitting a booking request please keep in mind that we ideally require 4-6 weeks notice for all sessions due to the session planning and rostering that is required. If your preferred date is sooner than this please get in touch with the Coordinator to discuss first.
Please note that September and October are our busiest months during the year, and so suggest that you get in touch now for 2024 dates as we tend to book out several months in advance.
"We had PAWS come for R U OK? Day as a way to alleviate stress in a very high performing environment. I was blown away by the welcome the dogs got - over 200 people came to meet the dogs. Everyone was raving. I've had multiple requests for repeat visits already."
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Can Delta Therapy Dogs accredit my dog as a companion dog?Delta cannot assess or accredit dogs for work outside of our programs. Volunteer Delta Therapy Dog Teams visit facilities that have signed an agreement with us. We are unable to provide companion animal certification.
Can a Delta therapy dog visit my home?Delta Volunteer Delta Therapy Dog Teams can only visit facilities that we have signed agreement with us. At the moment, we do not visit people's own homes.
Can I get a dog for a disabled family member or friend?Dogs who are trained to personally support one person with a special need or disability are called Assistance Dogs. Please contact Assistance Dogs Australia who provide accredited dogs to assist people with special needs and disabilities.
Can Delta provide my dog with public access certifcation?No, we are not authorised to provide this certification. You should contact your local Government department that looks after this area to see what is required. Legislation can vary by state governments and councils.
Can Delta assess my cat,horse, etc. to be a therapy animal?"At this stage, our programs only involve dogs.