Puppy people wanted for assistance dogs

Assistance Dogs Australia’s Helen Stathy with Ollie and Flair. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d408371
Assistance Dogs Australia’s Helen Stathy with Ollie and Flair. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d408371

Senior trainer Helen Stathy said she hoped to have dogs trained in WA stay in the State and be given to local recipients.

Ms Stathy moved to WA from the national training school in Sydney to develop and expand the Assistance Dogs organisation in WA.

‘Puppy raisers do one of the most important parts of the training journey for puppies, they take them out and expose them to new experiences such as group field trips with other raisers,’ Ms Stathy said.

‘We are looking for volunteer raisers and sitters to help us raise puppies for 12 to 15 months from eight weeks old to 15 months old.’

Ms Stathy said an experienced trainer would help to train puppies and support was always available from the organisation.

‘Raisers need to be able to either take the pup to work with them and give them attention regularly during the day or be working only part-time to minimise time they are left alone at home,’ she said.

‘Raisers will be kept updated with the puppy’s progress in advanced training through to eventual placement with their recipient and some raisers are lucky enough to meet their puppy’s recipient at the graduation ceremony.’

Ms Stathy said all expenses for food, veterinary costs and training equipment were covered.

Ms Stathy said puppy sitters were needed to help look after pup for short periods, such as taking them for a week or weekend.

Call Ms Stathy on 0432 000 163.