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Dogs Helping People

How can dogs help people in our community? Click on the buttons below to learn more about the many and marvelous ways that dogs give love and support to people in need. From the simplest of interactions to complex individualised support these Information Sheets will help to answer your questions about which dog is right for your needs. 


Companion dogs have a special place in our lives. They add meaning, provide companionship, nonjudgmental love and improve our wellbeing. Learn more here.

A Therapy Dog is a companion dog that is trained along with its handler to provide psychological or physiological support to individuals and groups in the community. Learn more here.

Pet Therapy is a relatively new concept in Australia. Learn more about how dogs as therapy can help people with a wide range of needs.

Paws Pet Therapy trains and supports volunteers and their dogs as a team to visit a variety of clients. Learn more about how you can join the team

Dogs can provide emotional and wellbeing support to students in educational settings. Read further about these programs here.

There is a growing interest in Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) in Australia. Learn more here.

An Emotional Support Dog is a companion dog who provides support for people with specific mental health needs. Learn more here about how Emotional Support Dogs are recognised in Australia.

Assistance Dogs, sometimes referred to as Service Dogs are highly trained and accredited to help an individual with disability or a special need and is covered under law in Australia by the Disability Discrimination Act 1992. Learn more here about the work of Assistance Dogs in the community. 

Created by Paws Pet Therapy with the generous assistance of Camden Council Community Grant Program

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