What to look for in an Assistance Dog

What to look for in an Assistance Dog
05 March, 2019

What to look for in an Assistance Dog

What to look for in a potential Assistance Dog: Breeds of dogs. Most breeds are suitable as long as it’s not a banned breed. Avoid breeds that have strong hunting instincts and can’t get their noses up off the ground such as beagles, pointers, Weimaraner, spaniels. Avoid dogs with extreme herding instincts or traits such...

Guidelines for Assistance Dog Eligibility
28 June, 2018

Guidelines for Assistance Dog Eligibility

Assessments for potential assistance dogs are required to ascertain their temperament and reactivity to varying stimuli. They do not need to have basic obedience as this is easily taught within Stage 1 of the program. This guide will give you a rundown of the FULL requirements needed.

What Equipment Should I Use For My Dog
13 June, 2018

What Equipment Should I Use For My Dog

It is critical to use equipment that does does not choke or cause pain to your dog. Flat collars should be worn only to display identification details and council registration tags. For this reason the most acceptable piece of equipment is a front attached harness. There are many brands out on the market and we...

Titer Tests
06 March, 2018

Titer Tests

As a policy we do not accept Titer tests for our training classes or for assistance dogs. All puppies and dogs must be vaccinated as per the vaccination schedule. An acceptable protocol for Adult dogs is either  a C5 yearly or a triennial vaccination. Triennial – The C3 part of the C5 is given every three...

When do I get a trainee vest for my dog?
18 December, 2017

When do I get a trainee vest for my dog?

You are able to obtain a trainee Vest for your assistance dog in training after they meet certain criterion: We have to have done an initial assessment to determine suitability They must be desexed Your dog must be over 6 months They must have all basic obedience down pat – Stage 1  They must have...

Why Choose Positive Response To Train With
30 August, 2017

Why Choose Positive Response To Train With

Many people often compare pricing when looking for a puppy school or a trainer. They forget to ask the most important question. What qualifications does the person or the business have. In  Australia the qualifications for a trainer are a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services. Only a vet who has completed further training can call...

Can I Train My Own Dog And Only Come To You For A Public Access Test?
15 August, 2017

Can I Train My Own Dog And Only Come To You For A Public Access Test?

No, this is not our policy. While many people train their own dogs or train with other trainers, we still need to ensure the training you have done meets the standards required of a public access test and the standards we set to ensure consistency across the board. For this reason, we have the following...

How Much Does It Cost To Train Up An Assistance Dog?
15 August, 2017

How Much Does It Cost To Train Up An Assistance Dog?

There are variables in costing and we can only provide you with a pricing guideline: Starting with a puppy:  Puppies are strongly encouraged to start in classes and do parts 1-2-3 of training Once desexed at the 6 months of age they then must be re assessed If assessed as suitable – private training then...

How Can I Train My Dog In Public If I Can’t Go Into Shopping Centers Yet?
15 August, 2017

How Can I Train My Dog In Public If I Can’t Go Into Shopping Centers Yet?

There are 3 stages involved in training your dog to become certified as an assistance dog. Stage 1 – Basic Obedience Your dog must: Be able to perform all basic exercises (sit,drop, stand, stay, come, walk on a loose lead, leave items on the floor alone, station to a mat or an area) with hand signals,...

Do You Recommend Any Breeders For A Potential Service Dog?
15 August, 2017

Do You Recommend Any Breeders For A Potential Service Dog?

Yes we do: We have had some beautifully bred labradoodles with amazing temperaments that are perfect for this role. They are from these breeders below: Ga Ga Labradoodles http://www.gagalabradoodles.com/ Tallai labradoodles. http://www.tallai-australian-labradoodles.com/