Child and Canine Partnership Program
Training dogs for children with disabilities
Children with Autism
One of my very wonderful clients suggested I should place my knowledge and skills into training dogs for children with disabilities. Being a speech therapist herself, she recognised that many of the familiarisation techniques we use for puppy training are similar to that used for children with speech and communication difficulties. Having worked for Guide Dogs for the Blind in the UK I have experience with training dogs for specific needs for people so it seemed like a great idea.
PATS now has a wonderful program to assist children living with disabilities .
How it works
Applications are processed to see if you are suitable for the program.
Application fee- $75.00 which covers our time and administration costs
(Wizetherapy workshop attendees will not be charged)
What happens next?
If your application process is successful we will arrange a family interview with you.
The next step is for the trainer to meet you and your family to conduct a full evaluation to advance you through the training process.
Family interview fee - $120.00 (Travelling expensive may apply)
You will need to apply to the DLGSC to register your assistance dog. Click the button for more information
Choosing a Dog
Many families go ahead and purchase their dog without the assistance of a professional. This can prove to be upsetting when they discover that the dog is not able to cope with some of the areas that an assistance dog may have to encounter during his work. So if you are thinking about buying a puppy then let us help you find one. We will conduct a behavioural evaluation to ensure we have a mentally sound puppy at the start of training.
Already have a dog? We can assess your dog to check his or her suitability for your needs.
Thinking of rescuing a dog? Again we can conduct the behaviour evaluation for you.