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Assistance Dogs Australia Is Looking For People To Look After Their Pups In Training For A Year

By Rick Stephens
23rd Mar 2021

A chocolate Labrador puppy looking into the camera.

Assistance Dogs Australia is asking for a favour in looking after their gorgeous eight-week old pups, and we have no doubt that you, like us, are wondering if it’s really them doing us the favour—look.at.that.face.

Your soon-to-be furry friends are no ordinary dogs. The little heroes in time will in fact support the country’s most vulnerable, from people with physical disabilities, children living with autism to those suffering from PTSD.  

While you don’t need to be a professional canine coach, there are several checkboxes that you’ll need to tick before you welcome Fido into your home.

  • Be available for puppy classes and home visits. 

  • Have regular access to a car to transport your puppy

  • Allow the puppy to live and sleep inside the house

  • Have a secure, fenced backyard, or an outdoor area

  • Not leave the puppy alone for more than 4 hours a day

  • Be patient, enjoy learning and playing games

  • A police check is required, the cost will be reimbursed

  • Families with children under five years old are ineligible

The food, training equipment, and tick, flea and worming preventatives are sorted by Assistance Dogs Australia for the duration of their stay, which is for around a year. Following that, pooch will head off to advanced training at Assistance Dogs Australia HQ before graduating and becoming someone’s forever companion.

Assistance Dogs Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that receives no government funding and relies on community donations, funding from corporate and philanthropic organisations, and volunteers like you. 

Currently, Assistance Dogs Australia is looking for volunteers around Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, Sydney, Gold Coast, Brisbane and Woollongong. You can apply here.

And did you hear, Melbourne is getting a stack of new dog parks ready for that walk.

Image credit: supplied

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