Brisbane Assistance Dog Test
Fur Get Me Not is able to support people to meet the requirements under federal law to have a suitably trained assistance dog. We work with people and their own companion dog, we do not provide an assistance dog to people.
Our speciality is working with people who experience a mental health concern. So, we only offer this service to people who need their dog to alleviate the symptoms of their psychiatric disability only. There are other individuals and organisations that are better suited to assist people with physical disability or impairments.
We take a flexible, kind and gentle approach. Not just with your dog but with you as their handler too. We don’t offer a set package as no two teams are the same each dog and handler is an individual and we will work with you where you are at and design a program that works for you. The end result is to simulate a public access test (PAT).
As such, it is very difficult for us to estimate the minimum cost or commitment. As it will take a minimum of 2x one hour sessions for us to assess your dog’s suitability and training that they will need in order to meet the standards of hygiene and behaviour that are appropriate for an animal in a public place.
About Our Assistance Dog Service
- Delivered by our Director and Behavioural Trainer, Cassandra. Read more about Cassandra here.
- Cassandra’s professional background includes working with people who experience mental health issues.
- Cassandra has completed a Certificate IV in Mental Health (for people)
- Cassandra has completed a Certificate in Anxiety and Stress (for dogs).
- We are one of the very few in Brisbane offering this service whilst being committed entirely to force free and positive reinforcement based methods.
- We are kind, gentle, flexible and patient with your dog and you!
The Law-We Operate Under Section (c)
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.