Assistance Dog Training

Assistance Dog Training

There are three stages of training for all of our Assistance Dogs. In each stage the dog will learn to complete different tasks. These tasks will be specifically tailored to the needs of the individual.

Stage 1 – Basic Training

Toilet training
Controlled walk on lead
Behaviour getting in and out of car
Sit, stay and wait

Stage 2 – Advanced Obedience Training

Obey commands ‘left’ and ‘right’
Stopping at kerb edge before crossing the road
Ignoring food while working
Distraction reinforcement
Impeccable behaviour in public places

Stage 3 (Autism Assistance Dog)

Anchor work to prevent the child from running off
Advanced kerb, traffic and public training
Be familiar with rough handling
Walk up and down stairs in a controlled manner
Training with dog for the parents and child

Stage 3 (Disability Assistance Dog)

At this stage the dog will learn to perform three specific tasks tailored to the needs of the individual.

These tasks include:
Load/unload the washing machine
Retrieve keys
Turn lights on/off

Advanced training also enables the partnership to go into public places.

Once the dogs complete stage 3 of training they will receive their accreditation as a fully trained Assistance Dog.


>> Download our Assistance Dogs Factsheet (PDF)