Providing Assistance Dogs for Special Needs Children
Smart Pups enriches the lives of children with special needs by training and placing quality, task specific Assistance Dogs. This provides increased independence for the children and much needed assistance to their families.
At Smart we train our Assistance Dogs to have the right ‘task specific’ skills to improve the quality of life for children with Autism and Seizure related syndromes.
Smart Pups Assistance Dogs are tested and qualified for Full Public Access.
Welcome to Smart Pups, the Australian organisation providing assistance dogs for autistic children. To date we have well over a dozen such assistance dogs in homes around Australia, and a huge waiting list.
In fact, over 300 families have asked for our help and provide them with a dog. The results to date have proven that the placing of a dog with a family with a child on the autism spectrum makes a huge difference to the family.
A Smart Pup is trained to guide its recipient child through his or her daily routine and acts as a bridge between the child and the rest of the world. Our dogs reduce childrens’ stress levels and increase their daily successes in a variety of ways.This improves the happiness, health and safety of children on the Autism Spectrum or who have Seizure related syndromes. Our dogs change peoples lives for the better. Our dogs are all trained on a reward and game based training program. So to them this job is fun!!!
It takes around 14 months to train a dog, and costs $25,000, which is why we have a big red ‘Donate Now’ button. We ask for your help to keep this organisation going.