If you would like us to assess your dogs suitability to be trained and certified as an Assistance dog, please read the following carefully before you fill out the form.
- Not every dog is suitable to be trained as Assistance Dogs.
Because of the tasks we require our dogs to perform, and restrictions on some forms of transport such as aircraft, we are selective when it comes to the size of your Assistance Dog. Large breeds such as Great Dane, Wolfhound etc. are too large for public transport and shopping centres while small breeds such as Bichon can easily be overlooked in busy areas becoming a trip hazard. For these reasons we tend to stick to the medium size dogs (15-40kg) for our program, we also do not train the mastiff breeds as we believe these breeds create too much undue stress on the handler in public due to public perception and the stigma attached to the breeds.
- Everyone has different requirements.
Due to the massive demand for assistance dogs, PTSD Dogs Australia can only take applications from Military and First Responder (Police, Fire and Ambulance) personnel. We acknowledge that there are other people who are affected by PTSD however no one organisation could possibly hope to meet such an enormous demand which is why we have chosen to specialize.
Please be aware: As a relatively new organisation, we have limited resources at this point in time. With the current backlog of interstate applications we must also restrict applications to Sunshine Coast and Perth applicants only for the time being – we thank you for you patience.
If you would like to help us expand our services, we would love to hear from you via our Contact Us page. Any help you may be able to provide would be very much appreciated.