Comitas Therapy Dogs Information
(Pictured above: Orpheus with Thor & Thor)
Comitas Therapy Dogs are Bred, selected and trained by Comitas Labradors
Sometimes puppies maybe sourced by other known Registered Breeders to help meet placement requirements or if another breed would be more suitable for an individual due to allergies or size requirements.
Registered breeder with the Australian Canine Council.
Dogs NSW #210056887
Contact: Claudette Schweiger
Phone: 02 6968 6267 or Mobile: 0403 032 571
*Disclaimer - Therapeutic dogs are not Assistance dogs. The distinguishing feature is that Assistance dogs are granted access to public places.
Children should not be left unsupervised with any dogs. Dogs are not baby sitters.
Outcomes will vary.
‘Comitas Labradors' offers a unique program that aims to harness and nurture a reciprocal relationship between the child and the dog to assist emotional regulation thus calming the child in their daily lives and encourage modelling.
The best outcomes are achieved when the family works in unison with the trainer, this initially entails spending additional time encouraging the child and dog to bond and forms a lasting beneficial relationship.
"Certainly, I found quite considerable success in linking those with Autism to dogs who have been specifically trained to provide support for those with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. I think this is a very wise decision of great benefit to all concerned."
Professor Tony Attwood
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(Pictured above: Thor)
When applying for a Companion Therapy Dog, please consider and be prepared to answer the following.
(Pictured above: Left: Zoey & Marshmallow, Right: Wyatt & Thor)
Home Companion Therapy dog (HCTD)
Do you require a dog to suit your or your child's needs? To be a constant companion to provide unconditional love?
To be unjudgemental and always there for you? To have a dog placed & trained to meet individual needs?
To have a program individually tailored to help meet your needs & to have long term support on a individual basis?
Do you only require a dog to support you in the home or in other places that dogs are normally allowed?
A Home Companion Therapy dog maybe what you're requiring.
The responsibility of these dogs with be on the applicant or the agreed person.
Community Therapy Dog (CTD)
Are you unable to keep a dog where you live or unable to meet the commitments required to own a dog?
Are you unsure if you or your child would benefit from having a dog or only have weekends available?
Then a Community Therapy Dog maybe the option for you.
A CTD will be selected to suit working with more than one person in community program groups organised & run by Comitas Labradors.
The responsibility of these dogs will be with Comitas Labradors.
Do you require that the dog can assist you or your child not just in the home, but also in public places that dogs are not normally permitted such as supermarkets, work or school?
Then an Assistance dog maybe what your requiring. They are granted the same rights & access as Guide Dogs.
We do not offer Assistance or Guide Dogs, but there many great Organisations in Australia that do like Guide Dogs.
We suggest talking to your case worker if you have one to assist in connecting you with one, or your welcome to contact us for some general information & will assist where we can to connect you to a service that can provide assistance dogs.
N.B. Organisations offering Assistance Dogs will each have their own requirements to access their services.
(Pictured above: Thor at the Coolamon-Ganmain Championship Show)
Read the contents of this information kit
Attend an initial consult to determine suitability of offered Programs
Dog Placement Conditions
Must have a secure place to house a dog.
Commitment to the program.
Never leave a child unsupervised with the dog.
Maintaining of the dogs health & well being.
Respect the dogs feelings, be watchful of signs of stress & act to relieve or reduce stress.
Due to any circumstances that a dog placed by Comitas Labradors can no longer be kept, we ask that it is not to be sold or given away, instead that you ask Comitas Labradors for assistance in re-homing or re-placement as it may well be suited to someone else on the program waiting for a dog placement.
(Pictured above: Zoey and Marshmallow)
Equipment $ Varies per indervidual needs
Premium food per week $12 for an adult
Vet checks $65 per consult
Worming from $3 every 3 months
Vaccinations $85 each
Desexing $165 males, $275 females <15kg
Council Registration by 6mths $188, $51 if desexed or $20 pensioner (must be desexed). Prices as of March 2015
(Pictured above: Marshmallow)
Pet insurance from $14.73 per fortnight
(Pictured above: Ruby, trained by her owner Ann)
The Five Freedoms
In their 2006 essay, "Welfare considerations in Therapy and Assistance Animals," James A. Serpell, Raymond Coppinger and Aubrey H. Fine (2006) employ the concept that there are "five freedoms" that animals in our care are entitled to.
(Pictured above: Shani with her puppies)
Please refer to the Office of Local Government webiste for information on responsibilities for dog owners in NSW.
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