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FAQ

I would like to become a member of ASDOGS (NQ) Inc. What are the membership fees?
Annual Membership fees are currently $30 per person and $35 per family.

What is an Assistance Dog?
An assistance dog is specially trained to perform specific physical tasks and behaviours to assist a person with a disability and reduce their need for support. These dogs are trained to support the recipient in the home and community.

What does an assistance dog do?
Assistance dogs are trained to provide assistance in overcoming limitations in mobility by performing tasks for their recipients. They can be trained to open and close doors, assist with dressing, switch lights on and off, pick up dropped items, fetch objects from cupboards, tables, the fridge and people, remove washing from the washing machine, and raise an alarm.

Do I have to pay a fee to receive an assistance dog?
ASDOGS (NQ) provides Assistance dogs free of charge to persons with a physical disability who have passed the necessary criteria.

Do I have to pay for the upkeep of my assistance dog?
Recipients need to be able to afford the costs associated with having an Assistance Dog i.e. all veterinary care, emergency care and vaccinations, recommended dog food, flea and tick control, worming treatments and the costs of travel and accommodation to have a Public Access Test conducted every 2 years.

Who is eligible to apply for an assistance dog?

ASDOGS (NQ) provides dogs to people who live in North Queensland who have a physical disability.

  • Live in North Queensland, Australia
  • Are over 12 years of age.
  • Are mature enough to manage a dog correctly.
  • Are able to travel for an interview, training and Public Access testing.
  • Have had enough time to come to terms with their disability.
  • Do not have an allergy that would affect working with a dog.
  • Are active enough to utilize a dog.
  • Are able to care for the dogs health and wellbeing (financially – all veterinary care, vaccinations, food, worming treatments, flea and tick control, and (physical health - exercise, training, grooming).
  • Have adequate verbal communication to command a dog.
  • Are physically and intellectually capable of managing a dog correctly.
  • Are mobile without human assistance (Not 24 hour care)
  • Are able to see well enough to observe the actions of the dog.

Each application is assessed individually to determine whether because of the nature of their disability an applicant would benefit from an Assistance Dog and that they would be able to ensure that the dog receives adequate care.

How can I apply for an assistance dog?
A person with a disability can apply for a dog using our application kit. Contact Us for more information and/or an application form or complete the Initial Application form in Forms on this site.

What types of Service Dogs does Asdogs (NQ) train?
ASDOGS (NQ) trains Assistance Dogs for people with physical disabilities, Support dogs that work in the home and Facility dogs.

ASDOGS (NQ) does not train or provide therapy dogs for people with mental and intellectual only disabilities, dogs for medical alert, seizure alert, visual or hearing impairments, autism or companion dogs.

Can I have my own dog accredited as an Assistance dog by ASDOGS (NQ)?
ASDOGS (NQ) does not train or accredit privately owned dogs. We only accredit dogs belonging to ASDOGS (NQ) that have completed our own intensive training program.

What are the responsibilities of persons who receive an ASDOGS (NQ) Assistance dog?
Recipients of Assistance dogs must treat the dog with appreciation and respect at all times. Recipients are responsible for providing for the well-being of the dog. It is the recipient’s responsibility to provide all veterinary care including annual health checks and vaccinations. The recipient needs to be able afford the costs of keeping a dog i.e. recommended dog food, flea and tick control, heartworm and general worming, grooming, and exercise.

To have a working assistance dog the recipient will need to be committed to maintaining the dogs training throughout it’s lifetime by practicing obedience and task training regularly both in the home and out in public.

To maintain the right to take an assistance dog into public places Assistance Dog Teams are required to be tested (Public Access Test or PAT test) and recertified every 2 years.

Recipients need to be aware of the applicable laws pertaining to assistance dogs and abide by them and to abide by all ASDOGS (NQ) Inc. rules and policies.

For more information on the rights and responsibilities regarding Assistance Dogs in Queensland, visit www.communities.qld.gov.au

Assistance dogs also have rights under the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act 1992

Does ASDOGS train other types of dogs that assist people?
ASDOGS(NQ) does not train or provide dogs for medical alert, therapy dogs for people with mental and intellectual only disabilities, companion dogs.

Does my Assistance dog belong to me once I receive it?
So that the Association can ensure that the dog is being well cared for and treated with respect, the dog always remains the property of ASDOGS (NQ) Inc.

How do people I meet out in public know that my dog is an Assistance dog?
When in public ASDOGS’ dogs are easily identifiable by their distinctive orange jackets which display the logo of the Association. The handler must carry their identification card at all times when in public.

I love dogs. How can I become involved?
You can volunteer to help by becoming a puppy raiser, a dog boarder/sitter or volunteer to help with training sessions or walking or bathing dogs.

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