Our Training Philosophy


  • Both the participants (the participant, family and support teams) and the dogs involved in the program have to be “socialised” and “trained”

  • Dog should never become “prompt dependent”

  • Never train a dog contrary to their instincts and character. Puppy selection imperative.

  • At NO TIME is the puppy chastise or disciplined. Puppy should not develop fears.

  • Puppy to be exposed to ALL of life and be fully socialised

  • The timing and length of program stages not fixed but depend on the puppy maturity, the cognitive skills and abilities of the client and the complexity of the goals.

  • The bonding process is critical once it starts it should be allowed to cement.

  • The program is defined, planned and monitored to achieve the agreed therapeutic goals agreed.

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In the spirit of Reconciliation, CSTDA acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this country, and their connection to land, water and community. We pay our respect to them, their cultures and customs, and to Elders both past and present.