Become a Delta Therapy Dog Volunteer

Our volunteers and their amazing therapy dogs are the most valued members of our organisation. 

You and your dog will make a Delta Team and bring much needed smiles and joy to people who need it most.

What we look for in a Delta Therapy Dog Team 

  • A dog who is over 18 months and under 10 years old

  • A dog with an obedient  and sociable temperament

  • A volunteer who enjoys talking with people of different backgrounds about their dog

  • A volunteer who has an hour or two to spare every week

  • A dog and volunteer who enjoy spending time together and with others

  • A volunteer who is interested in giving back to their local community

Step 1: Is your four legged friend ready?

  • Is your dog fully vaccinated?

  • Does your dog walk nicely beside you without pulling on the lead?

  • Can your dog walk on a lead using a soft collar? It's important to note visits cannot be conducted with a dog wearing head collars, anti-pull harnesses or flexi leads.

  • Will your dog “sit” and “drop” when asked?

  • Can your dog sit politely and accept a pat from a friendly stranger?

  • Can your dog walk through a crowd with minimal reaction or distraction?

  • Does your dog show little reaction to clumsy and heavy patting?

  • Will your dog take food gently?

  • Can your dog walk past another dog and show no more than a passing interest?

  • Do you have a relationship with your dog for them to listen and understand what you need from them?

If you answered yes to all these questions, then volunteering with Delta could be the next chapter for you and your dog's friendship.


Step 2: Submit your expression of interest

If you feel that you and your dog would make a perfect Delta Therapy Dog Team and can commit to the time, please fill out our Expression of Interest form in time for the next intake in your area.

Step 3: Attend assessment and training

To become a Delta Therapy Team, your dog must pass a temperament assessment undertaken by a Delta accredited positive reward-based dog trainer. You will also need to attend compulsory volunteer training before receiving a facility placement.

Once we receive your expression of interest, we will contact you about the next assessment and training sessions being run in your area.  These are generally held over the course of a weekend, Saturdays being assessment day, and Sundays being training day.


Step 4: Placement and commencing visits

Once you have passed your assessment and attended training, we will match you with a facility.  We'll support you through the orientation process and commencing your visits.


Step 5: Ongoing visits


Congratulations, you will now be making regular scheduled visits to your facility!  During this time you'll be offered regular training, and asked to report to Delta about your visits.  Our State Co-ordinators are  there to support you whenever you need it.