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What does an assistance dog do?

Assistance dogs are trained to provide assistance in overcoming limitations in mobility by performing tasks which help their handler both inside the home and outside the home. This provides opportunities for the disabled person to gain some independence, confidence and enjoy greater community access.

Assistance dogs can be trained to perform tasks like:

• Opening and closing doors,
• Assisting with dressing and undressing
• Switching lights on and off
• Picking up dropped items like wallets, cards, clothing, pegs
• Fetching objects from cupboards, tables, the fridge and people
• Removing washing from the washing machine and pulling the washing basket
• Help adjust blankets and covers
• Raising an alarm.

As well as providing this physical service an Assistance dog provides other significant benefits like:

• Reducing feelings of isolation
• Providing comfort and support in situations the recipient finds stressful
• Giving love, companionship and a sense of hope
• Creating opportunities for greater independence and confidence in daily living
• Providing opportunities for new friendships, social interaction and involvement in the community.
• A well behaved dog becomes a talking point with many people.

What types of Assistance Dogs does ASDOGS(NQ) provide?

Assistance dogs
These dogs are placed with persons with physical disabilities and are highly trained to support the recipient in the home and out in the community. These dogs have full public access including travelling on public transport.

Support Dog
Some dogs do not have the qualities required to perform the role of a full assistance dog. They may be timid or fearful in public places but are quite capable of performing tasks for their recipients in the home environment. These dogs are able to provide assistance around the home as well as companionship to children and adults.

The applicant needs to demonstrate that the dog will alleviate their disability. These dogs have only the public access rights of a pet dog.

Facility Dog
Occasionally we have a dog that has a very social temperament that is not suitable as a full assistance dog. A Facility Dog may be placed in a special care facility to help provide comfort and companionship to those in need.

• The facility must demonstrate the need for a dog.
• Senior management is required to support the placement.
• The facility needs to be able to care for the dog. (vet, food, financially etc)
• Staff are required to attend a training course.
• The dog must not live at the facility full time.
• The dog must be taken home at night away from the institution by a responsible carer.

Apply for an assistance dog

Receiving the Application
The first step in applying for an Assistance Dog is for the applicant to complete the “Initial Application Form” in Forms on this site and mail it to us at:

ASDOGS (NQ) Inc. PO Box 2052, Mareeba, Qld. 4880

OR contact ASDOGS by phone or e-mail to have. Part 1 of the Application Kit mailed or e-mailed to you. The Application will be reviewed to determine whether the applicant is qualified to move to the second stage of the application process, in which case the additional parts of the application will be sent out. If the applicant meets the required initial criteria Part 2 of the Application package will be mailed or e-mailed to the applicant.

Please Note: Assistance dogs will only be offered to successful applicants if and when a suitable dog becomes available (i.e. a dog that ASDOGS (NQ) Inc. believes would be a suitable match to the applicant’s requirements).

Association of Australian Assistance Dogs NQ inc.
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