Welcome to Nepean Therapy Dogs Website


Nepean Therapy Dogs

We are a group of experienced therapy dog volunteers; who use therapy dogs to help people overcome difficult periods in their life. We are comfortable working with children, in palliative care, victims of crime, medical facilities and aged-care. We use dogs to connect to the individual/family to “what’s happening now” which draws them away from negative thoughts/emotions; this could be a reading anxiety or the realisation that a family member is very sick. Also, a therapy dog stimulates positive memories and reminds people they belong to something much greater than the events they are going through. Being around a dog reminds us that others depend on us, seek our affection and no matter what, they love us without judgement. This concept is very powerful to victims and people who have become disconnected from society. 

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We do not charge for visitation.

We do not charge our volunteers for training.

We depend on your donation.

Your donation brings therapeutic dogs to people who are going through traumatic events click here to see what your donation supports.

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Our Services

Court Services Program

We are now offering a court service program focused on empowering people who will testify in court. Our court program is designed to complement the individuals established counseling/mental health program, allowing them to overcome overwhelming emotions while testifying. This program supports before, during and after testifying. Yes, our dogs will be in the courtroom, at your mental health appointments and available for you to work with, at our therapy centre. Service depends on the availability of dogs and volunteers  Click here to contact us!

Hospital Visits

We regularly visit most of Sydney’s Western hospitals: Nepean, Mt Druitt, Blacktown, Auburn, and Hawkesbury. During this time, we visit as many wards, as the dog can handle. A short list of the wards we visit: children’s, dialysis, palliative care, women’s health, mental health and more! While visiting our volunteers talk to families, answer doggy questions and help take photos. We want to redirect anxiety and relax the whole family. Click here to find out more! 

Nursing homes/Retirement home visits

We regularly nursing homes!!! We engage with the residents by talking about dogs and the resident’s relationship towards animals. We also have dogs that have been trained to assist/encourage people with disabilities to walk or help use walking devices. Click here to learn more! 

Schools and Reading programs We do both! How it works, a child is told to pick out a book that a dog might enjoy, and then the youth is encouraged to read to the dog. The dogs who do this type of work are calm and laid-back (they love to nap). Nepean Therapy Dogs are great working with youths who lack sound motor skills. We utilize dog training/playing program to stimulate and encourage motor skills

Schools and Reading programs

We do both! How it works, a child is asked to pick out a book that a dog might enjoy, and then the child is encouraged to read to the dog. The dogs who do this type of work are calm and laid-back (they love to nap). Nepean Therapy Dogs are great working with children/young adults who lack sound motor skills. We utilise dog training/playing program to stimulate and encourage motor skills. Click here to learn more.

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Child Engagement Program

We create a safe environment for children to start tackling challenges in their life such as reading, anxiety, health, stress and low self-esteem. The We Read program is for children age six to sixteen. The parent or carer that knows the child well will be involved to support the child to read a book with one of our therapy dogs. The therapy dog helps relax the child, allowing the child to enjoy the reading experience.

The We Train program is designed for children aged eight to sixteen. We will team up an experienced handler with their therapy dog to learn the basics of dog care, communication and handler responsibilities. You will see your child’s confidence thrive, joy as they achieve and a more positive outlook to help them start tackling some of the challenges in their life. Click here to learn more.

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Chat and Pat

Do you know a senior who still lives at home and could use an excuse to get out in the community? We provide a weekly/fortnightly service in our centre at Penrith for seniors to enjoy the company of others whilst engaging in an activity with the company of dogs for a pat.  Click here to learn more.

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Senior Volunteer Program

This program enables retirees to volunteer even if they don’t have a dog. You will work closely with the owner of the therapy dog to build a relationship and training with the dog. You will be able to attend schools, our chat and pat program, join the reading program or visit a hospital or nursing home. Click here to find out more.

Special Thanks

We’d like to thank the following organisations who have contributed so much for Nepean Therapy Dogs. These organisations really went out of their way to accommodate our needs and were pivotal in making Nepean Therapy Dogs thrive.