SOME OF THE TASKS AN
ASSISTANCE DOG CAN DO
Bring you your tablets bottle
Assist you in removing your shirt/blouse
Assist you in removing your socks
Closing a door
ASDOGS (NQ) News bulletin
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Sharni and Serena showing great promise
In 2015 Asdogs gained 2 new recruits Sharni and Serena, black Labradors, keen to learn and eager to please.
A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY - APPLY NOW
The Association of Australian Assistance Dogs (NQ) inc has been going for 14 years now, it has helped many people over that time and aims to continue helping people into the future. We are a small but dedicated group of volunteers who combine a love of dogs with helping disabled people in the community. An Assistance Dog is trained to assist a person with a disability in many ways. This offers the Recipient a means of staying as independant as possible. We have trained dogs, waiting to be assigned to Recipients right now. Asdogs would love to hear from anyone who knows of, or thinks, that someone may benefit from recieving one of our dogs.
Assistance Dogs are trained to carry out some of the tasks their recipients are unable to do, such as pick up objects, switch lights on and off, fetch the phone or remote control, load and unload the washing machine and assist with dressing. Any special tasks not covered in the regular training programme may be taught to the dog prior to being handed over to the recipient. Each dog is trained from puppyhood until 2 years old and must comply with current legislation training standards. Asdogs is a Not for Profit Association and relies on donations, fund raising events and sponsorship, all of this together with the Trainers being volunteers, means that there is no cost to the Recipient for a dog.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Mail : P.O. Box 2052, Mareeba, North Queensland, 4880.
ITS THE LAW
As many of you will be very aware there is legislation surrounding Service Dogs but not everyone knows it so this article is for their information.
Cerfified guide, hearing and assistance dogs are specially trained to do a range of important tasks and have the SAME ACCESS RIGHTS AS EVERYONE ELSE. This includes access to shops, hospitality venues, rental and holiday accommodation, taxis, aircraft, public transport and entertainment and sporting facilities. There are very large fines for individuals and corporations who choose to deny these access rights.
Service dogs can be identified by looking for a harness or a jacket with a badge on it. The handler should carry a handler ID card.
For more information go online to www.qld.gov.au/ghaad or call 13 74 68.
Our latest recipient Michelle seen here with her new best friend Cooper at the official handing over in June. Cooper's trainers Greg and Robyn have done a great job and are very happy to know Cooper will provide Michelle with much needed help picking up dropped articles, opening doors and switching on lights.
ASDOGS NOW HAS A PERMANENT STALL AT THE SMITHFIELD COMMUNITY MARKETS IN CAIRNS
ASDOGS has a stall at the Smithfield Community Markets, Cairns. We are selling all sorts of goodies, keyrings, caps, pens, and of course, soft toy Assistance Dogs complete with their own jackets!
All proceeds go to raise funds for Asdogs so they can continue to 'Help dogs to help people'.
Each puppy has a Carer who is responsible for the pups every need and pretty soon they both start the job of training.
So much to learn! Our dogs are trained as a group at our training facility in Mareeba, each dog trained individually by their Carers at home and in the Community to gain a broad range of experiences, and pretty soon they begin the job of training individually by their Carers at home and in the Community to gain a broad range of experiences.
Association of Australian Assistance Dogs NQ inc.
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