What is a Facility Dog?
It takes more than two years and costs over $50,000 to train a Guide or Assistance Dog.
Each dog in the Guide Dogs WA training program is regularly assessed throughout its training journey and a career is chosen that best suits the dog’s skills, abilities and characteristics. A dog may train as a Guide Dog, Autism Assistance Dog or a Facility Dog.
Guide Dogs WA Facility Dogs are highly trained dogs that undertake specific, skilled tasks in a variety of different situations within a facility environment.
Facility Dogs work in offices, courts, educational settings and many other places. Each Facility Dog receives tailored training from highly skilled professionals for the type of facility they will attend.
Facility Dogs can reduce stress and anxiety, improve speech and memory function and improve physical and mental wellbeing.
*Please note the Guide Dogs WA Facility Dog program is not covered by the NDIS and costs to the facility will be incurred. Further assessments to determine eligibility will be required and successful applications will be placed on a waitlist until a suitable match is identified. There is no set waiting period for a Facility Dog to become available.