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Assistance Dog Training

DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND FOR ASSISTANCE DOG TRAINING  
OUR BOOKS ARE NOW
CLOSED

We will commence taking new applications on 1st OCTOBER 2021 

 


Has your Doctor or Specialist recommended you have an Assistance Dog? We can help!
Animal Talent Canine Behaviour Specialist and Master Trainer Louise Harding is an accredited Assistance Dog trainer and assessor.
Dogs who successfully pass the Public Access Test assessment receive full accreditation as an Assistance Dog (annual assessments apply). 
We are pleased to accept NDIS clients.

 


TOP 3 QUESTIONS WE ARE ASKED
 
1. Can I purchase an already fully-trained Assistance Dog from you?

No. We do not have trained Assistance Dogs for sale.

We can however help you train your own Assistance Dog.
We can also help you find a suitable puppy or dog for training (fees apply).


2. Where do you train Assistance Dogs?

At our training facility located in Woy Woy on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia and in the surrounding public areas. If there are home-specific tasks that are required of the dog then some training may occur in the handler’s home.

This is currently our ONLY training facility and handlers are required to attend training in-person.


3. Can you train an Assistance Dog for my young child?

No. Currently, we only offer Assistance Dog training for adults.


 

What is an Assistance Dog?

An assistance dog is a dog that is trained to assist a person with a disability to alleviate the effect of that disability, and, to meet standards of hygiene and behaviour appropriate for an animal in a public place. Here is a link that helps explain the definition in more detail https://www.olg.nsw.gov.au/public/dogs-and-cats/information-for-the-community/assistance-animals

 

Am I eligible to have a certified Assistance Dog?

You need to be able to provide proof that you have a disability; that your animal has been trained to alleviate the effect of the disability; and that your animal is trained to meet standards of hygiene and behaviour appropriate for an animal in a public place. Your dog must be microchipped and registered with your local council, and have had a health check from a vet in the last 3 months.

 

Can I purchase a fully-trained Assistance Dog from you?

No. We do not supply fully-trained Assistance Dogs nor do we sell fully-trained Assistance Dogs. We help you train your dog to be an Assistance Dog (Please note: Not all dogs are suitable to be Assistance Dogs).
We can also assist in selecting and procuring the right dog for you. There is an additional cost for this service and the financial cost of purchase and associated vet bills will be your responsibility. 


Can any breed of dog be trained to be an Assistance Dog?

Any breed that is not a restricted or dangerous dog can be trained as an assistance dog. It is also strongly recommended that assistance dogs are vaccinated and de-sexed. It’s important to use common sense in regards to the suitability of the size of your dog, for example, large and giant breeds may have some constraints as to areas they are able to access.

 

Can you train my current dog to be my Assistance Dog?

Yes, we can help you train your own dog to be an Assistance Dog. We are force-free trainers and only use reward-based techniques. Please note: Not all dogs are suitable to be Assistance Dogs for their owners. In order to be a suitable candidate as a certified Assistance Dog your dog will need to pass a Public Access Test which includes the following criteria: be over the age of 6 months be able to walk on a loose-lead in public, around people and other dogs, be calm and relaxed when out and about in public places, ignoring people and other everyday distractions come when called in the event of you dropping your lead.

 

I don’t own a dog but would like an Assistance Dog, can you help me?

Yes, we can help you in selecting and procuring the right dog for you. There is an additional cost for this service and the financial cost of purchase and associated vet bills will be your responsibility.

 

Will my NDIS package cover the training of my Assistance dog?

In some cases, yes. Every NDIS client is funded differently and you will need to check with NDIA or your plan manager if our services are covered under your plan. 

 

Will my aged care package cover the cost of training my Assistance dog?

Yes, in some cases. Every client’s aged care assistance package is different and you will need to check with your plan manager or coordinator to see if our services are covered under your package. 

 

Contact us today to discuss the best plan for you and your dog. 

Assistance Dog Training - Private
Assistance Dog Training - Private

This course is suitable for dogs age 6 months+ with the required temperament to be an assistance dog. ...More Info

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