Assistance Dogs Australia held an awareness campaign in Martin Place this week to raise awareness and funds for “super puppy” training.
Dedicated volunteers collected donations while providing demonstrations for onlookers, with labrador and golden retriever puppies showcasing the skills they learn to help their owners with everyday life tasks.
Assistance dogs learn to press buttons at traffic lights, flick light switches, pick up dropped items from the ground and even open and close doors.
The dogs start training at just eight weeks’ and are placed in the care of a volunteer during part of the training period before being given to their adoptive families. They are eventually homed with people who have physical disabilities, as well as service men and woman with PTSD, children with autism and people with early onset dementia.
The Newsroom attended the display.
Assistance Dogs Australia is looking for volunteers to play a role in the upbringing of these puppies, giving people the opportunity to look after and help train the pups for 10 months. After 10 months, the L-plate puppies head back to Assistance Dogs Australia where they complete the rest of their detailed training and become a qualified assistance dog. You can apply to be a puppy carer here. – Report and video presented by Brooke McNeil, produced by Lachlan Brunton
Top photo by Lachlan Brunton.