Thursday 19th November is Assistance Dogs Awareness Day, and the super puppies from Assistance Dogs Australia are taking to the streets of Sydney.
During a lunch time demonstration, the puppies will be showcasing the life-changing tasks that they learn to help their owner with everyday life.
“Assistance Dogs give people with disabilities freedom and independence, a truly priceless gift. Our Assistance Dogs make huge changes to lives of those that need them, from people with physical disabilities, children with autism, servicemen and women with PTSD, schools and people living at home with dementia,” said Richard Lord, Top Dog of Assistance Dogs Australia.
“Our fantastic Assistance Dogs perform everyday tasks for their clients that they find difficult, if not impossible to achieve. For people with physical disabilities, they pick up all sorts of dropped items, like mobile phones and keys, they open and close doors, press the button at the traffic lights, unload the washing machine and are trained to alert bark if their client needs help or falls out of their wheelchair.”
You can see the Assistance Dogs in training demonstrating all of these skills on Thursday 19th November in Martin Place at 12.15pm and 1pm.
Assistance Dogs Australia: Founded in 1996, Assistance Dogs Australia is a national charity which trains Labradors and Golden Retrievers to help people with disabilities, providing them with greater freedom and independence. Dogs are placed free of charge, to a wide range of clients, including families with autism, people living with post-traumatic stress and people with physical disabilities. It costs in excess of $27,000 to train and place a dog, and Assistance Dogs Australia receives no government funding.