About Us

D4I was developed with the idea to make Therapy Dogs affordable and available to anyone that can benefit and by giving people the skills to train their own Therapy dog in a guided and supported program.
Especially for those living in remote areas.

D4I is currently run by myself and with Nate helping with anything web related


Claudette - Founder and Program Director

I have been working with animals for over 30 years and would like to share my experience with animals and the joy that they can bring.
I also like to help people harness the natural ability in animals to help people living with a disability in a mutual and beneficial relationship.

Email: Claudette

Harley - With his self-trained Assistance Dog Romi.

Dogs 4 Independence is...

Dedicated to my mother, for I wouldn't be the person that I am without her, and

In memory of my son Harley 1992-2017.
Thank you for being who you were, and sharing what time we had.
Also for giving me the drive and support to help others like us living with Autism.


We are currently fully operated by volunteers and would welcome anyone wishing to help out.


Joelle started volunteering since Jan 2017

She helps out with the puppies including socialising which is a very important part of a dog's development. She is also looking forward to putting her skills towards assiting in the training of upcomming Therapy Dogs.

Contact Details

Telephone: (03) 5878-4602
Mobile: 0403-032-571                                
Email: dogs4independence@gmail.com
Website: www.dogs4independence.com.au