Coaching you to train your own assistance dog

Paws for Assistance Dog Training is a Melbourne, Victoria based coaching service for adults diagnosed with a disability wishing to train their own dog to Public Access Test (PAT) standard under the Guide, Hearing and Assistance Dogs Act, 2009 (Queensland Government) model.

Learn more about the GHAD PAT  at

Paws for Assistance Dog Training (PADT) uses reward based training methods.  Training a suitable adult dog to PAT standard takes approximately 6-18months depending on the handler (owner) and their dog.  PADT ensures the handler and dog are supported throughout the training process and beyond into the handler and dog’s working life together. 

The handler will learn a step-by-step process to train their dog for specific tasks. You will also learn the theory that underpins dog learning and behaviours.

PADT also offer one-on-one obedience training for pet-dog owners. Contact us to find out more.

** PADT does NOT provide trained Assistance Animals to people.  PADT may help you train your own dog.


  • Certificate IV Companion Animal Services.
  • Pet Professional Guild member   
  • Registered Music Therapist. GradDipMThrp. University of Melbourne, 2004
  • Association of Pet Dog Trainers Australia member
  • Government certified Assistance Dog trainer (GHAD Act’09)
  • Working With Children Check   
  • Australian Government Department of Health Certificates: COVID-19 Personal Safety, Aged Care & COVID-19 Infection Control Training


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During Stage 4 lockdown, we continue to operate at reduced capacity. If you need a face-to-face training session, you will require a short letter from your GP or specialist stating the importance of this essential service to your health and well-being and will need to cover your travel across Melbourne and or Victoria. We continue to deliver online sessions - contact us for more information. Visit for the latest from the Victorian Government.
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