Become a Puppy Educator

At eight weeks of age, our Assistance Dog puppies are placed in the community with volunteer Puppy Educators. These families or individuals ensure that our newbies get the best possible care, in a loving home environment.

These amazing, dedicated volunteers have one thing in common — they truly embrace the opportunity to help change people’s lives forever.

What’s required?

This is perfect for you:

  • If you want to see what it is like having a puppy for up to 15 months at home with your family, before committing to getting your own dog.
  • If you have children over 4 yrs old.
  • If you are retired, work from home, or work shifts which mean that a puppy is not left alone for more than 4 hours a day.
  • If you want to understand more about dog psychology or puppy training.
  • Or if you simply have the time to give and are looking to get some puppy love in your life.
  • If you would like to give back to the community a great Assistance Dog to be, for a person with physical disabilities, Autism, PTSD or children with learning disabilities.


Assistance Dogs Australia provides all of the equipment needed to make your pup feel at home, including a crate, equipment such as lead, collar, cape, food and health preventatives (flea/tick control and parasites). We also cover all veterinary costs.

Our Puppy Educator Supervisors provide ongoing support and advice, with regular puppy classes, outings organised and visits to your home to monitor the pup’s development.

Your puppy can be with you in most public places, such as shops, public transport, etc.

Who we’re looking for

Before applying to become a Puppy Educator, please make sure you fit the following criteria.

You need to:

  • Live in the Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Melbourne areas — this is to ensure our Puppy Educator Supervisors team can easily travel to your home to for regular visits and to provide support with training classes and outings.
  • Be home for most of the day; your puppy must not be left alone for more than four hours at a time without supervision and human company.
  • Be available to attend training at puppy classes and socialisation outings — these will take place at least once a month, week-days, working hours.
  • Not have children under 4 years of age at home (not yet in school).
  • Walk your puppy each day.
  • Allow your puppy to sleep and live with you indoors.
  • Have a yard with dog-proof fencing.
  • Have access to a car to transport your puppy.
  • Love to play games and learn new training methods.
  • Be patient.
  • Help us spread the word about Assistance Dogs Australia (desirable but not a must).
  • Be prepared to give the dog back when it is time for them to move to advanced training.
  • Have a current Police Check, the cost of which will be reimbursed to you by Assistance Dogs Australia. Further information will be provided after your phone interview with the Puppy Educator Supervisor in your area.

While these activities are important, the dogs are first and foremost puppies — so plenty of games and tummy scratches are also required!

We prefer for our Super Pup to be the only dog in your household, but if you have another dog, we are happy to conduct a quick temperament test for compatibility.

How do I become a Puppy Educator?

Puppy Education is a rewarding experience you will remember for the rest of your life. Not only will you be giving a gorgeous pup a loving home, you’ll also be helping to train an Assistance Dog, changing a person’s life forever.

Before filling out the application form below, we strongly advise you to go through our ‘Self-screening for Puppy Educator Applicants’ form. If you have answered ‘yes’ to most of the questions, or have any questions prior to applying, we’re more than happy to hear from you:

Email us
Phone number: 1800 688 364

It costs over $40,000 to train and place an Assistance Dog.

Your donation will go towards the training and development of our Super Pups and to developing our growing programs servicing the community.

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