How beneficial using the assistance dogs in Australia?

How beneficial using the assistance dogs in Australia?

Many people have never heard a term as assistance dogs in any other country but it is very common in Australia. Assistance dogs are just working animals which are specifically trained to help individuals in order to do their day to day tasks and activities, to help people who are all living with the physical disabilities to move anywhere and to be very independent. These assistance dogs are also called service dogs in this country.

Who uses a service dog or assistance dog?

Assistance or service dogs can help all types of individuals who have

  • Autism

  • Disabling illness like multiple sclerosis

  • Physical disabilities

  • Dementia

  • Post traumatic stress disorder or any other mental issues

  • No hands or legs and more.

To help all these kinds of disabled people, the selected puppies are well trained for about 2 years to become the professional assistance dogs. Such puppies are generally selected for having a very good personality. For the first year to 18 months, they are living with the volunteer puppy or dog educator then they will be undergone advanced training for 6 months. This advanced dog training will b conducted by the organization such as support Dogs Australia or by a certified and experienced trainer. Some of the specialized and super smart assistance dogs are doing more than 50 tasks every day.

Types of assistance dogs and their training:

When it comes to the assistance dogs, there are 3 main types available such as,

  • Guide dogs which are also known as seeing eye dogs are well trained to help visually impaired or blind people to go anywhere independently and also safely.

  • Service dogs are trained to assist the individuals with the physical disabilities and manage their personal or other tasks. This type of assistance dog is very famous in Australia.

  • Hearing dogs are generally trained to assist the persons who have hearing problems or are deaf by alerting them to various sounds.

Golden retrievers and Labradors are the most generally used dog breeds for the assistance dog training.

The training for every dog is different depending on their behaviour, personality and also the type of tasks which suits the needs of their future owner. The dog handler or trainer should need to know all these factors and provide the proper training to those dogs and they are also buying dog products necessary for training.

The most common tasks taught to the assistance dogs include,

  • Turning on/off light switches

  • Pulling a wheelchair

  • Helping individuals to balance when they have any walking difficulties

  • Assisting with making beds

  • Moving legs or arms of people who are all paralysed

  • Opening/closing the fridges, doors and drawers

  • Pushing pedestrian crossing buttons

  • Picking up or retrieving the items like keys or mobile phones

  • Bring your clothing and supporting people to wash them in the machine

  • Barking to attentive their boss about the dangers

  • Paying cashiers and more.

In all these ways, the assistance dogs can help all disabled Australian people in any situation.