Frequently Asked Questions

Dog Ownership Living with a Dog Program Requirements General
Please select one of the topics above.
  • Where does the dog sleep at night?

    Many details will be worked out on a case-by-case basis to suit the needs of the household.

    It is encouraged that the dog sleep nearby the bedroom so that they can assist with reminders such as to wake up, hydrate, or find the toilet.

    But, also Assistance Dogs Australia have had some success training dogs to sleep beside or even on top of people that have difficulty sleeping at night. The presence or weight of the dog can support sleep for these people.

  • Are other people allowed to pat my dog?

    Yes. The assistance dog is very social and enjoys meeting other people and dogs.

    It is important however that the dog understands clearly that its main relationship is with the person that has dementia. Therefore, it is recommended that the dog spend most of its time interacting with this person and that other visitors or family members respect that relationship. This is to ensure that the dog’s training and skills are maintained.