Guide Dogs WA is the only Western Australian based provider of Guide Dog training services in the community. Guide Dogs WA provides life changing Guide Dogs, Autism Assistance Dogs, Companion Dogs for children and adults with a disability, and Therapy Dogs for a school, hospital or therapy setting.
A Guide Dog provides companionship and support to a person who is living with low vision or blindness, to help them gain their independence and freedom.
Our Guide Dogs Training Program is the only one of its kind in Western Australia. Guide Dogs are trained to negotiate obstacles and steer a clear and safe route, allowing independent activities and travel.
Autism Assistance Dogs
Guide Dogs WA have developed a program to provide assistance dogs to families of children with Autism.
The Autism Assistance Dog (AAD) program is designed to improve the quality of life for both the child with autism and his or her family through three key areas: safety, independence and inclusion. An Autism Assistance Dog has the same access rights as a Guide Dog.
Companion Dogs, like Guide Dogs, give hope, opportunity, companionship and joy to Western Australians living with disability.
Companion Dogs provide enormous benefits to children and families including notable improvements to sensory-motor, cognitive, communication and psycho-social and emotional development as well as significant improvement to family life through the calming presence of dog in the environment.
Therapy Buddy Dogs provide affection and comfort to children and adults in a wide variety of settings, such as schools, counselling, rehabilitation and aged care services.
A Therapy Dog interacts with children and adults to offer feelings of wellbeing, or encourage rehabilitation through actual contact. Research shows that therapy dogs can reduce stress and aggression, improve social skills and build self-esteem.Back to Top