Ellie with Caitlin and Bethany

Companion Dogs

Caitlin and Bethany and Companion Dog Ellie

What is a Companion Dog?


A Companion Dog opens a world of opportunity for Western Australians living with disability or illness. They can improve the quality of life and independence of their handlers and become an important part of life.


Benefits of Companion Dogs


They provide many benefits to adults, children and families, helping them cope with the challenges of everyday life. They can help make family life easier and fun again. A companion dog can offer support and stability, usually in a home, on a one-to-one basis to someone who may be living with disability or a long-term condition.

Who can have a Companion Dog?


Any child or adult living with an identified disability or illness can apply. Guide Dogs WA will then assess if they are suitable recipients and would benefit from a companion dog. Applicants will need to:

  • Provide a safe and loving home and not leave the dog alone for more than 3 hours.
  • Demonstrate ability to care for a dog, physical, emotionally and financially.

Companion Dog Matching Process


Much like how a Guide Dog is matched with its handler, a companion dog is also matched to their new handler. Each family is different and the process takes into account their unique needs. This will include the complexity and type of condition, behaviours and temperament of the Companion Dog.


Companion Dog Access Rights


A Companion Dog does not have public access rights.




All dogs will have a two-week trial period with their prospective family to ensure the correct match has been made. If the placement is successful, the dog will remain with the family. If the placement is unsuccessful, the dog will be considered for a different applicant.

Application for a Companion Dog


If you are interested in applying for a Companion Dog, please complete the form below and we will contact you to discuss your situation further.

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