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Smart Pups received a $500,000 grant from the QLD Government in May 2022, and $5...02 September, 2022
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We specialise in providing trained service dogs to assist children with special needs. Our goal is to improve the quality of life of children with special needs by training assistance dogs in task-specific skills.
Smart Pups is an approved training institution under the Guide, Hearing and Assistance Dog Act 2009.
Smart Pups Assistance Dogs have a profound effect on the everyday lives of children with special needs and their families.
Smart Pups have special ‘task specific’ training so they can assist children and young people with day-to-day routines, activities and events.
Smart Pups trains autism service dogs, seizure response dogs and multi-purpose assistance dogs to support children with special needs.
We have managed to take Cody off all the anxiety medication he has been on since he was four years old. The medication had been increasing as he got older but at 14 years old that ended thanks to Nina
Having Luna the Smartpup assistance dog join our family a month ago has made a big difference for everyone. Our daughter lives with severe cognitive impairment, medical issues and epilepsy. She is often in her own world and it’s hard to try to get her to engage. We can already see our daughter enjoying watching Luna’s antics as well as enjoying her company. Luna is already beginning to alert us to Bethany’s seizures which gives us piece of mind. We can’t thank Smartpups enough for the work they do and the difference it makes.
"It's been out 1st week together with Ernie, I was not expecting much as it all takes time but wow, he is predicting and reacting to her seizures. He is so in-tune with her emotions and knows exactly when he is needed. It was love at first sight between them both. I can't thank Jane and the Smart Pup crew enough. I honestly didn't expect this much connection let alone in the 1st week. It's amazing to watch them together."
"I just can't believe Elsa. She will not budge. Amazing! Today we went shopping and to lunch with Sam for the first time, Elsa was even better when Sam was attached. It was nice to be able to relax and eat without Sam disappearing or stuck in his pram. Elsa knows why she's with us, I feel, natural born life saver. Kristy Graham thank you for everything you've taught us , you are also a wonderful human trainer for dogs — feeling blessed!"
"We took Hugh and Bailey out for our first full day out in town, went to lunch at a café - huge thing for us - went to k-mart and the huge pet store! We did have meltdowns; Hugh was rolling around on the floor having a meltdown but that being said he couldn't run away (love the harness) and in the café he retreated under the table cuddling bailey. He did try very hard to bolt twice but bailey just stood there and dug his feet in, awesome, and when we got home yes there was lots of flapping and clam down needed but still only 1/2 as much as what it used to be. Amazing!"
"Blake and Ziggy are bonding really well and I am enjoying a little less stress due to Blake having his anxiety levels down for once 🙂 . Thank you so much, we have already seen improvements in Blake."
"Ella has progressed massively over last few months with her confidence and social skills Harry helps her every day. He is her best friend and help keep her clam we are so grateful every day for Harry."