Meet Our Therapy Dogs

Rory is a 7-year old cavalier x maltese x shizhu (although we thought she was a cavoodle for 4 years so we still think of her that way!)

We completed our foundation course in AAT in 2013 and the advanced course at the beginning of 2015.

Rory absolutely loves people and always has! When we go to the dog park, she goes up to all the other owners for pats and cuddles rather than playing with the other dogs! And unlike a lot of smaller dogs, kids are her favourite! She will ignore treats, cuddles and sometimes commands(!) in preference for pats from willing children.

Rory also loves tummy and ear scratches and curling up next to clients for pats while they talk. She doesn’t mind a game of chase either (even in session) and has a new found love of agility training.

Most importantly Rory absolutely loves her work. As soon as I pack her ‘work bag’ (with her coat and bedding) she starts to do happy leaps around the house and as soon as we pull up at the office the tail is going non-stop.


Jersey

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Jersey is an 9-year old beagalier (beagle x cavalier).

We qualified as an animal-assisted therapy team together in September 2015.

Our beautiful Jersey was a puppy farm breeding girl who came to us through Beagle Rescue Victoria. Her history means that she has a lot of anxiety and a large part of her training (therapy dog and otherwise) has been around helping her to build her confidence and resilience.

We think Jersey makes a wonderful therapy dog precisely because she has overcome so much and yet managed to retain a true sweetness and gentleness that people really respond to.

Plus she has the most velvety soft ears you’ve ever felt in your life!

Jersey absolutely loves her sleep! She snores like an 80-year old man sometimes but you can’t hold it against her when she looks at you with those big, brown eyes! And she absolutely loves snuggling up to lean against you with her solid little body.


 Ralph

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Ralph is a 13-year old Maltese X something! We’re not sure what other breed he may be crossed with because as a puppy we were told he was pure Maltese. Whatever the breed, we don’t mind because he is such a friendly and cuddly little chap!

Ralph and Megan completed their foundation AAT course in January 2017.

Ralph and Megan have known each other since he was just 6-weeks old. While Megan would often babysit Ralph, his permanent home was with another family member. In 2016, Ralph came to live with Megan permanently after family circumstances changed. Ralph doesn’t seem to mind at all and has been welcomed by new brothers and sisters in the form of three cats and another dog. Ralph still visits his previous home regularly.

Ralph likes to sit at client’s feet, or when invited he loves jumping up on the couch next to them for pats and cuddles. He adores coming to work and when he sees Megan pick up her work bag, he runs around in circles chasing his tail in excitement.


Pepe

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Pepe is a 2-year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and he and Michelle completed their AAT course in April 2018.

Michelle met Pepe while looking for a cavoodle puppy. While visiting the puppies, Pepe came running in and played so gently with the puppies (who were wriggling and jumping all over him) that Michelle knew straight away that she would be taking Pepe home instead. Pepe was 7-months old when he met Michelle that day and the rest is history!

Pepe loves nothing more than sitting on people’s laps. He definitely lives up to his Cavalier heritage as a lap dog and love-sponge as he lives for cuddles and attention.

He’s just starting his journey as a therapy dog but his sweet and affectionate temperament make him well suited to the role. Pepe likes his naps too and his soft and silky hair and big brown eyes melt people’s hearts.


Winston

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Winston is a 1-year old cavoodle who passed his Foundation training in July 2018. Like his sister Jersey, he was pulled out of a puppy farm and came to us through Beagle Rescue Victoria.

Winston has the distinction of being the only therapy dog here at 12 Points who has passed his course with two separate handlers. This means he can work with Mathew as a waiting room dog at Burwood Hwy and Crown Court and also with Danielle as a session dog. He and Mathew are also available to work with non-AAT clinicians here at 12 Points if they are interested in incorporating some animal-assisted therapy techniques into their client’s sessions.

While he is (usually) a very good boy at work, there is still plenty of ridiculously cute and cheeky puppy left in him! His favourite pastime is Puppy Bowls in the waiting room (and stealing thongs – you’ve been warned) and sometimes he gets so excited, his little body can’t contain it and he’ll howl like the beagles he grew up with. I hope you get to hear his happy little hound howl one day soon!


Skyla

20181019_134738.jpgSkyla is a 1-year old border collie who completed her AAT training in 2018 with mum, Heather.

Skyla has taken to her training exceptionally well and loves meeting all her new clients! When she’s not working, she loves to; dig in her sand-pit, splash around in her wading pool and of course, chase a ball for hours on end! That one is probably her favourite pastime of all! (Which is why she and Winston have become fast friends!)

Skyla also gets to go along to Alpha Doggy Day Care where she gets to catch up with her puppy school friends (and sometimes Winston, Rory or Jersey). They spend the day chasing balls, having epic tug-of-wars and learning how to socialise and play nicely with each other under the watchful eye of the experienced trainers at Alpha.

Skyla is a friendly and good-natured little dog who can’t wait to make new friends with our clients at 12 Points Psychology!


Ralph (the 2nd)

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Our second AAT dog named Ralph, is a 4-year-old Schnoodle (Schnauzer x Poodle) who has the looks and personality of a cuddly teddy bear. Mum, Penny and Ralph qualified as a AAT team in May 2017. 

Ralph’s favourite things to do are to; chase a ball, earn a treat, and sidle up next to you for a nap. He will always choose human company over other dogs and is eager to please new friends. Please mind his tendency to show his love through a kiss! Feel free to give him a belly rub, shake his hand or test his agility skills – he has a few nifty tricks up his sleeve…


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