What we do
What we offer
Dandy Dog Training services Penrith and surrounding areas or at your home.
We have 2 programs offering NDIS services to plan or self-managed NDIS participants. Our hourly rate is $60.
Paula Smith, owner of Dandy Dog Training provides positive reinforcement training for you and your dog. Paula is a therapy dog assessor and trainer for Nepean Therapy Dogs, being their General Manager and Therapy Dog Trainer.
Paula also works with local psychologists building trusting relationships with individuals with development setbacks or disabilities.
Since early childhood Paula has been passionate about community acceptance and inclusion of individuals with disabilities. This passion started early in her life experiencing her younger brother being misunderstood and limited inclusion in the community.
Why does our NDIS program work?
Our programs work because we put a great deal of research into them and because we’ve all grown up believing dogs have a natural affinity to us. In all the stories we grew up with whenever humans let us down animals came to our rescue. Examples Black Beauty, Tarzan, white fang, Benji and Lassie to list a few. At a young age we’ve learned humans can be bullies but when we are at our lowest dogs will always love us. We use this belief to reach our NDIS clients to help improve their communication and socialisation skills.
People with intellectual disabilities live in a world with limited control over their life. Their lives may be dependent on people with non-intellectual disabilities. Having or working with a dog allows people with intellectual disabilities to engage in activities where they have some control and experience working with another being. The relationship with the dog encourages the individual to participate in social activities, increase communication and to create new relationships. Don’t have a dog check out Program Two.
We offer two NDIS programs which connect people with intellectual disabilities with dogs. One program focuses on owning a dog and our other focuses on working with a dog. Our programs focus on education and encouraging the participant to be active with dogs.
Program 1: Goal: Positive Dog Ownership Experience
The core of this program is to help the participant find the right dog and to educate them on care. In this program we will do the following:
- Meet with the participant listen to their needs and assess which dog breed will be for them. We also will advise the participant about possible lifestyle changes (cleaning and dog proofing the house).
- We will search local breeders, rescue shelters and kennels to find the breed you want. We will go with you to meet the dog; we will offer support and ask questions on your behalf.
- We can help advise and negotiate a price for the dog but the payment must come from the NDIS participant or carer.
- We will help and check in with you for the first few weeks you have the dog and if needed accompany you to the vet (when needed).
Program 2: Goal: Social Engagement and Recreational time with dogs
The core of this program is to get the participant out into the community working, training or walking a dog in public. You do not need to own a dog for this program; we can supply the dog. This program covers:
- Training a dog: In public or at home we will help teach all the basic and more advanced commands. This covers private puppy classes to advance obedience training.
- Participant and dog walks: Yep, we’ve done heaps of bush and suburban walks. On the walks we will encourage social participation and awareness.
- Psychology visitation: We offer therapy dogs to help with private psychology appointments. We will explain the limits and capabilities of the dog to the mental health worker and give suggestions on possible actives