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Physical Disability Service Dog

What is Physical Disability Service Dog?

Physical Disability Service Dogs are placed with a wide range of people, including those with cerebral palsy, paraplegia, quadraplegia, spina bifida and multiple sclerosis.

Check out our video to see a Physical Disability Service Dog in action.

For people with physical disabilities, dogs are trained to do tasks including, but not limited to:

  • Retrieving dropped items
  • Opening and closing doors, wardrobes and drawers
  • Opening and retrieving items from the fridge
  • Pulling washing out of the machine (front loaders only)
  • Removing items of clothing such as socks and jumpers
  • Retrieving the phone
  • Alert bark if their owner fall out of their wheelchair or is in danger
  • Press the buttons at the traffic lights and lifts
  • Accompany their owner on public transport
  • Brace when need to support their owner if they become unstable in their chair
  • Emergency bark
  • Deliver and retrieve items at the shop counter
  • Help carry or pick up shopping items

A Physical Disability Service Dog has full public access rights meaning they are allowed in any public place* and on all public transport. It is illegal to refuse entry to a Service Dog*.

*The only exceptions are zoos, aquariums, sterile environments, food preparation areas and quarantine areas.

People who receive a Physical Disability Service Dog are provided with a photographic identity badge as proof of Service Dog status, which they must take with them in public, and a Service Dog jacket for the dog.

The Tim and Roxy Story

‘I never realised how important my independence was until I lost it after my accident. Assistance Dogs Australia has given it back to me through a beautiful Labrador named Roxy.’ Singer and Assistance Dogs Australia Ambassador, Tim McCallum said.

Tim was chosen to attend Australia’s leading performing arts university, the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts. But just days before he started his course a swimming accident at the beach left him a quadriplegic.

Tim’s resilience and spirit have touched the hearts of many. He returned to the stage to continue a performing career. His biggest fan is Roxy.

‘Roxy is a complete wonder dog and is my best friend. I know that I could not achieve the things I want to in life without her help and support.’

How can I apply for a Physical Disability Service Dog?*

*Please note that currently our Physical Disability Service Application process is on hold due to overwhelming demand and the immense success of this program. We are working hard to reopen the application process and provide the best service we can, as soon as we can, to those who could benefit from one of our extraordinary dogs. 


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