FAQ – Assistance Dogs

I can answer your questions !
  • Please refer to the eligibility flow chart in ‘The Process’
  • If you believe that you meet the requirements and you wish to go ahead please fill in an application form and submit (located on ‘The Process’ page
  • Or if you wish you can send an email or expression of interest with your questions
  • It is affordable to train your dog to become an Assistance dog
  • Please submit an enquiry form on “The Process” page or send us an email requesting the Fee schedule.

That will depend on a few things such as:

  • How much time you spend training your dog
  • The age of your dog
  • The temperament of your dog
  • Must complete a minimum of 150 hours of training
  • Must train for at least 35 hours in a high distraction public place where there are a lot of people, e.g. shopping centers, malls, etc.
  • Dogs in general will reach Assistance standard at different ages and that is okay
  • Overall it can take up to 18-24 months
  • Puppy training
  • Basic obedience training
  • I will work with you and set up a training program for ‘out in the community’ work, you will be fully supported through this process.
  • There is a level of basic obedience, training that your dog needs reach before you are issued a training jacket and license.
  • Once you become a client of Helping Paws Service Dog Training, you will be provided with a fact sheet and discuss this with you further.
  • After you have trained your dog and the trainer from Helping paws SDT believes that you are at the required standard then you will do what is called the Public Access Test.
  • Helping paws SDT will be there to provide you with guidance and support before and during this process.
  • Yes all trainers are qualified dog trainers and experienced in working with people with disabilities – please refer to the ‘about us’ tab on the menu bar for more information
  • No Helping Paws SDT is Tasmania based only
  • We operate under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, Section 9(2)(c) – this Act guarantees all dogs trained as assistance dogs full public access except for the information in Section 54A

If you have another question please fill out  an enquiry form located on ‘The Process’ page or send us an email.