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Frequently Asked Questions

There are many ways you can be involved with the organisation, for example,
assist during our outreach programs, administration and fundraising only to name a few.

Who owns the dog?

They are usually owned by the person handling the dog, occasionally they’re owned by one of the other handlers, but they are always family pets.

Are dogs clean enough to visit hospitals etc?

TOP Dogs dogs have to adhere to a strict health and hygiene code.

• Undergo a health check – vaccinations are up to date
• Up to date internal and external parasite control
• Are bathed once a month or within 24hrs of the visit to a hospital.
• They are also covered by Public Liability Insurance in the name of TOP Dogs

Will they bite?

TOP Dogs, dogs are chosen for their friendly nature towards animals as well as people. They then undergo rigorous evaluation, to make sure they’re suitable and finally, they complete a probationary period.

Do they have to be pedigreed dogs?

No, we have all shapes, sizes and types of dogs, but a sound temperament is of paramount importance.

If my dog fails the evaluation, is that the end of him/her being a therapy dog?

Not necessarily. Our evaluator is an ABC Accredited Animal Behaviourist and can often help with issues your dog may have. Once these issues are resolved he/she can be re-tested.

If I don’t have a suitable dog, but still want to be a handler, is there anything I can do?

It could be possible for you to handle one of our already assessed dogs, but you’d still have to pass an evaluation as a handler.

What if I’m not interested in being a handler, can I still be a member of TOP Dogs?

YES, of course. You’d be most welcome as a ‘Friend’ of TOP Dogs.