Coaching you to train your own assistance dog

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Paws for Assistance Dog Training is a Melbourne, Victoria based coaching service for adults diagnosed with a disability aiming 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.  Training a suitable puppy will take approximately 2 years.

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.  Theory that underpins dog learning and behaviours is learnt throughout the training process.

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 be able to help you train your own dog.


  • Certificate IV Companion Animal Services.
  • Pet Professional Guild member   
  • Association of Pet Dog Trainers Australia member
  • Government certified Assistance Dog trainer (GHAD Act 2009), (ACT Domestic Animals Act 2000)
  • Registered Music Therapist. GradDipMThrp. University of Melbourne, 2004
  • Working With Children Check (Vic)
  • Working with Vulnerable People Check (ACT)  
  • Australian Government Department of Health Certificates: COVID-19 Personal Safety, Aged Care & COVID-19 Infection Control Training
  • Ongoing professional development within the dog training industry via online courses, professional supervision, peer support.
  • Continuously learning from PADT’s own clientele.  PADT is always open to ideas.


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