Canine Assisted Therapy

Canine Assisted Therapy offers many benefits such as the ability to communicate needs and wants, strengthening social and play skills, opportunities for emotional regulation and motivation to attend / engage in therapy.  We have created an 8 session Canine Support Program that every client will complete as an introduction to the skills that can be learnt through Canine Assisted Therapy.  The program is wonderfully flexible and can be altered to facilitate your child’s needs in each session.  After the 8 session program, clients will have the opportunity to continue ongoing Canine Assisted Therapy sessions where appropriate.

Our Canine Support Program is designed to provide clients with a safe other, where Bentley (pictured right) provides comfort and safety in the therapeutic relationship.  Bentley’s presence provides motivation for the children to attend and engage in sessions, as well as practice the skills we learn during the program.  Evidence has shown that having a dog present in a therapeutic setting provides emotional regulation opportunities to children, as they are able to co-regulate with the dog through breathing together, patting or feeling his heartbeat. 

We also have a unique opportunity to practice and strengthen social skills, play skills, and communication with Bentley.  It is much easier to communicate your wants and needs with a dog, and these learned skills can transfer to ‘people’ as well.  Finally, taking Bentley for a walk or play provides movement opportunities.  Movement is great for regulating the nervous system, and is a great support to mental wellbeing. 


Our Canine Support Program is run by our counsellor, Kara, and is offered as individual sessions at this time. 


Program Structure: 

Session 1 – Introduction

Session 2 – Regulation

Session 3 – Needs and Wants

Session 4 – Social Understanding

Session 5 – Mutual Play

Session 6 – Movement for Mental Health

Session 7 – Feelings

Session 8 – Closure OR Goal Review:  Session 8 will be a closure session if your child is to complete just the Canine Support Program. If you/your child would like to continue ongoing Canine Assisted Therapy sessions, session 8 will be a goal review meeting. The aim of this meeting is to identify your child’s goals for ongoing intervention. 


Canine Assisted Therapy Enquiry

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Canine Assisted Therapy Fee List
Type Cost Notes

1 Canine Assisted Therapy Session


$156.16 Per hour or part thereof to nearest 5 mins
Any additional services (e.g. reports) will be charged on the above rates.



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About Us

At House on the Hill – Paediatric Therapy Services in Canberra – we provide a comprehensive therapy service that empowers your child to reach their full potential.  Our treatment programs focus on your child’s strengths and interests to deliver the best possible outcome for them and your family.


Level D, The Health Hub (Building 28), Ginninderra Dr & Allawoona St, Bruce, ACT, 2617 (Clinical Services)


5 O'Hagan Street, Latham, ACT, 2615 (Clinical Services)


Belconnen Pony Club, Parkwood Road, Macgregor, ACT, 2617 (Animal and Nature Therapy Services)


Tel:  0497 902 173

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Open Hours

Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm

By Appointment Only


Acknowledgement of Country

We wish to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land, the Ngunnawal people. We wish to acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region. We also acknowledge all other First Nations Peoples on whose land we operate.