Assistance Dog Training In Bundaberg With Dog Matters

Empowering Lives, One Paw at a Time

Welcome to Dog Matters, where we believe in the transformative power of dogs in enhancing our lives. I’m Tenille Williams, your guide on this incredible journey of training assistance dogs. Whether you’re looking to train a certified assistance dog or engage in animal-assisted learning, we’re here to support you every step of the way.

You might also be interested in our School Support Dog Program or our Animal Assisted Learning Programs.

The Journey to Becoming an Assistance Dog

Embarking on the journey of training your own dog to become a certified assistance dog for public access is both rewarding and challenging. It’s important to understand that this process can be extensive and demanding, requiring a significant commitment of time and effort.

Additionally, not every dog is suited for this specialised role. Sometimes, certain behavioural traits may not become evident until a dog reaches maturity, even with consistent training from puppyhood. This is because both genetics and life experiences, which can sometimes be unpredictable, play a crucial role in a dog's development.

We highly recommend that you discuss dog selection with us beforehand if you do not already have a dog. Choosing the right dog that has been bred for the job, or is naturally suited, will greatly improve the likelihood of successful training outcomes.

At Dog Matters, we approach this journey with compassion and realism, recognizing that while all dogs bring joy and companionship, not all are suited for the demanding environments and tasks expected of assistance dogs. Our priority is to ensure the well-being and happiness of both you and your dog, finding the best path forward whether that leads to becoming a certified assistance dog or enjoying a different, but equally rewarding, relationship.

Your Journey, Your Pace

  • NDIS Plan Friendly: If you have an NDIS plan, it may cover the cost of training. Let’s make the most of it and embark on a journey that brings positive change to your life.
  • Tailored to You: Experience the comfort and focus of one-on-one training sessions. No intimidating group classes here – just you, your dog, and me, working together in a supportive, stress-free environment. A support person is welcome to attend with you if you would like.
  • Boost Confidence and Social Skills: Working alongside dogs isn’t just about training them; it’s about growing together. Our program is designed to boost your confidence and enhance your social skills, all while enjoying the companionship of your furry friend.
  • Experienced, Non-Judgmental Training: As someone who’s worked with a variety of special needs and understands the importance of patience and empathy, I’m here to provide a non-judgmental and supportive environment. We’ll work at a pace that’s comfortable for you, ensuring that both you and your dog feel confident and happy.

Tailored Training for Your Dog

  • Staged Progression: We understand that every dog and handler is unique. That’s why our training program is divided into multiple stages, allowing you and your dog to progress at a pace that suits you. Whether your goal is to train a certified assistance dog or simply to enjoy the benefits of animal-assisted learning, we cater to your needs.
  • Assessment at Every Stage: Your dog’s suitability for their role is crucial. At each stage of the training, we assess to ensure they’re on the right track, ready to support you in the best way possible.
  • Animal Assisted Learning Option: Not every dog’s journey leads to becoming a certified assistance dog, and that’s perfectly okay! The bond and learning experience you gain can be just as rewarding. Opt for our animal-assisted learning program if that’s more your style.

Understanding Assistance Dog Training Under Federal Law

At Dog Matters, our assistance dog training program is meticulously crafted to align with the definitions set forth in the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 - Sect 9(2). This act defines an assistance animal as a dog or other animal that is either:

  • Accredited under State or Territory Law: Accredited under a law of a State or Territory that provides for the accreditation of animals trained to assist a person with a disability to alleviate the effect of the disability; or
  • Accredited by a Prescribed Animal Training Organization: Accredited by an animal training organization prescribed by the regulations for the purposes of this paragraph; or
  • Specifically Trained for Assistance and Behaviour Standards: Trained to assist a person with a disability to alleviate the effect of the disability and trained to meet standards of hygiene and behaviour that are appropriate for an animal in a public place.

Dog Matters operates under this comprehensive federal law, rather than state laws, ensuring a uniform and high standard of training across Australia. This means:

  • Federal Compliance: Our training program adheres to the stringent requirements set by federal legislation, guaranteeing the highest level of support and public access readiness for our assistance dogs.
  • Specialized Support: Each dog is trained to assist individuals with disabilities, focusing on alleviating the effects of the disability and enhancing the handler's independence and quality of life.
  • Hygiene and Public Behaviour: In addition to their specialised training, our dogs are prepared for hygiene and public behaviour standards. This ensures they can accompany their handlers in various settings, behaving impeccably and maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness.

Through adherence to these federal guidelines, Dog Matters ensures that each assistance dog is not only a profound source of support for their handlers but also a well-prepared and respectful companion in all public spaces.

Join Us at Dog Matters

Ready to start this fulfilling journey? Whether you’re aiming for a certified assistance dog or looking to engage in animal-assisted learning, at Dog Matters, you’re in caring and capable hands. Let’s embark on this rewarding adventure together. For more information or to start your journey, contact us today using the button below.

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