It costs over 35,000 and takes 14 months to complete the training required for one accredited Assistance Dog. As it stands, the demand is highly outweighing our capacity to meet the needs of all those seeking our help. With our waiting lists at full capacity, our clients currently wait up to two years to receive a SmartPup. It is our goal to reduce the waiting time to 6 months.
That’s where the Smart Pups Centre comes in. The centre is located on the Sunshine Coast Qld. The Centre’s design has drawn on international expertise; Giving us a world-class facility, which includes:
Airconditioned kennel block filled with the latest creature comforts
Huge state of the art indoor training facility, fully air conditioned
Recreation areas where dogs can run free and socialise
An Administration building
A grooming room to pamper our Smart Pups
A caretakers residence
Room to grow and have our own veterinary clinic and state-of-the-art breeding facility
The floors of each kennel block are coated with a non-porous epoxy resin. Combined with the reverse-cycle air conditioning system, this ensures that any unpleasant smells don’t hang around for very long. The floors will also gently sloped, so any toilet mishaps will flow straight into the drainage system, to make cleaning a lot easier.
The shower and grooming areas will be bustling with activity. With dogs to be groomed every morning in kennel block, our kennel attendants will certainly have their hands full!
The services building will also house our comprehensive veterinary facilities. These will include an operating theatre, radiology room with a state-of-the-art digital x-ray machine, recovery area and a reproduction room to allow transfer of
genetic material from across the globe.
It will also contain a laundry for washing the many towels and blankets used every day at the Smart Pups Centre.
There will be external runs, where the dogs spend most of the day when they’re not working.
When the dogs feel especially energetic, they can visit a range of large grassed areas for free running and exercise. There will also be socialising areas, where the recruits can meet and play with other trainee Smart Pups.
The vet clinic
The journey of every Smart Pups starts here, where the pups begin their early development from the time they are born. They will live in the nursery until they are about eight weeks old and during this time are exposed to different objects, sounds, lights and textures that they might encounter in the real world.
Every pup will be born with the essential characteristics it needs to eventually become a great Smart Pup, thanks to the high standard of our specially selected Breeding Dogs.
While most Smart Pups training occurs in real-life situations, our training track is the first step for new puppies. It’s also ideal to reinforce the dogs’ training in specific areas or to improve their concentration if necessary.
The track will be designed to simulate scenarios that the trainees might later encounter as Smart Pups. It includes: Seven different ground surfaces: concrete, mulch, gravel, sandstone, bitumen, decomposed granite and washed aggregate.
Bridges, traffic barriers, manholes, textured grids and temporary construction paths, so the dogs learn to guide people safely around obstacles of different shapes and sizes.
Landmarks such as telephone kiosks, bus stops, traffic lights and crossings.
These savings will make it possible to train an additional 24 dogs over the next five years, giving more children with special needs the chance to be matched with a life-changing Smart Pup.
Approval is for 40 kenneled dogs. We are allowed more for assistance dogs in training, and personal dogs.
We are not limited to any particular number of staff on site.
There is a full kennel kitchen, whelping room with basin, groomingroom, wet room for washing machine and chemicals, store room, 2further large offices (could be a veterinary room) and massive indoortraining room, measuring 205m2. The kennel building in total is justunder 500m2.
2 x toilets, 1 x handicapped toilet and shower room, kennel building toilet in wet room.
The caretakers residence is a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2 carport and is very nice.
Carpark is total 25 spaces with 1 additional handicapped space.
A bore water on site.
4 x 22 000 litre water tanks with UV water filters attached.
9 x exercise yards measuring 5.5m x 12m each. Large fenced grass yard.
Brand new back up generator, wired and ready for plug and use.
Massive shed with mezzanine, compressor and much more.
Vermin free dog food storage.
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