K9 Support

About K9 Support & Tessa Stow

Tessa Stow's qualifications and experience are:

  • Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing.
  • Cert IV in Training and Assessment.
  • Cert III in Dog Behaviour and Training.
  • Diploma in Assistance Dog Training.
  • Diploma in Counselling with Study Majors.
  • Government Accredited Trainer and Assessor in Assistance Dogs.

Tessa trained Australia’s first Court Dog “COOP” who worked with hundreds of victims of crime, and their families, Including working with “Coop” and River” at the Coroner’s Court during the Bourke St Inquest.

“Coop” has worked in Child Witness services, the Magistrates Court, the County Court and did an 18 month placement at the Office of Public Prosecutions, and has made appearances in the Supreme Court, and has been front and centre of many presentations in different Court’s and Law Firms.

Sadly “Coop” passed in January 2020, leaving a huge legacy, however, paving the way for others like her two friends and understudies “Champ” and “River” to continue her good work. They are both working for Victoria Police, in different agencies. Again making a huge difference to the lives of many.

Tessa also helps to train Veterans and First Responders to train their own dogs as Assistance dogs to help them navigate their own journey through life. This is an incredible rewarding experience, helping people, but also making new friends, and meeting some of the most incredible dogs along the way.
She is passionate about training dogs to help people, but also to make sure these animals are not overworked and are advocated for.