Frequently Asked Questions

For the purpuse of Dogs 4 Independence, Therapy Dogs are trainined to have a therapeutic impact and can be trained in various tasks to assist the handler.

An assistance animal is a trained support designed to facilitate the participation of people with disability in accessing various aspects of personal and public life. They are sometimes mistaken as a pet but provide an essential function for some people with disability.
(Sorced from Human Rights Commission)

The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) (DDA) in Section 9, sets out the legal definition of an assistance animal as a dog or other animal that:

(a) is accredited under a State or Territory law to assist a person with a disability to alleviate the effects of disability; or
(b) is accredited by an animal training organisation prescribed in the regulations; or
(c) is trained to assist a person with a disability to alleviate the effect of the disability and meets standards of hygiene and behaviour that are appropriate for an animal in a public place.

Must have a secure place to house a dog.
Never leave a child unsupervised with the dog.
Maintaining of the dogs health & well being.
Respect the dogs feelings, be watchful of signs of stress & act to relieve or reduce stress.
We can accept bank deposits and cash payments.

Puppy costs are payable in full or in installments, however full payment is required before collection.

Program costs can be made in full or paid in monthly or fortnightly installments with a 20% deposit.

If you require assistance for payment please contact us to discuss options.

You are welcome to visit your puppy anytime from 4 weeks old.

If your puppy is staying longer for training, you are encouraged to visit to facilitate bonding and even participate in the training.

In some suituations we can look after your D4i puppy for a limited time free of charge.

We recommend purchasing our Program Booklets which offers advice on preventing and correcting undesirable behavious.
If you have the Program Booklets and still having trouble, contact your assigned trainer for support.

Depends how far you wish to take your training and how consistant you are.

A good rule to live by is, the more you put in the first 3 months, the less you need to put in later on.

At D4I all our puppies come with 7-8 week training;
From 4 weeks we condition makers (reward sounds),
7-8 weeks we teach sit, stand, ground and touch,
8-16 weeks we socialize, begin lead work, basic recall and start toilet on command,
4-6 months we include public access work and any additional training.

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Contact Details

Telephone: (02) 6968-6267
Mobile: 0403-032-571                                
Email: dogs4independence@gmail.com
Website: www.dogs4independence.com.au