How to apply for an Assistance Dog

By: Australian Support Dogs Inc (ASDOG)  28-Mar-2012
Keywords: Disability Services, Assistance Dogs

How do I apply for an Assistance Dog?
If you have a physical disability and believe that an assistance dog would be helpful to you, please contact ASDOG by telephone 1300 788 721 or email [email protected] We will help you complete an application form and arrange an interview in your own home. Please note applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

Do recipients need to be in wheelchairs to obtain an Assistance Dog?
No. Not all physical disabilities require the use of a wheelchair. Some recipients may be walking with the aid of crutches. Assistance dogs can aid such a person by retrieving out-of-reach objects such as a dropped crutch. People with other physical disabilities, such as arthritis, may also require help with retrieval of items. An Assistance Dog may be the answer.

Can there be other dogs living in the house?
No. Other dogs distract the Assistance Dog from its work and reduce the bond necessary between the recipient and his or her dog.  

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