Therapy Dog Program
An integral part of our day program is the raising and training of therapy dogs. The teens who attend the day program participate in regular dog training sessions, with Liz from Whiskey's Wish, where they learn how to care for and train dogs to become fully registered therapy dogs.
There is a significant amount of research being conducted around the benefits of dogs for people with Autism. If you are ever in doubt of the benefits, you need to come out to our day program and see our teens with our dogs! We observe decreases in stress levels, during meltdowns the dogs assist with calming and grounding, in addition we have seen improvements in language and emotional skills.
Our Therapy dogs provide a non judgmental, unconditional friendship, that is uncomplicated and life long!!!
Currently there is insufficient research of the benefits of therapy dogs for ASD, to provide the evidence required by the NDIS to deem the cost of a therapy dog value for money.
'It costs in excess of $40,000 to raise and train a Therapy Dog'
In recognition of Autism Awareness month we are donating Miss Elsa to a family who is in need of an Autism Therapy Dog
Miss Elsa joined the W.I.L.L program in July 2020. She instantly filled our hearts with love!
Elsa's training started from day one, proving to be quite the clever little thing. Within days she could sit, stay, shake hands and walk on a lead. Elsa's training was made particularly easy, because she LOVES food.
At the ripe old age of 2, Miss Elsa has earned her 'Training' jacket to become a fully qualified 'Therapy Dog'. We are all so proud of her and know she will be the best friend in the whole wide world for her forever owner.
Sir Humphrey is our newest edition to the W.I.L.L family. Despite his obvious fluffy cuteness, Sir Humphrey is already able to sit, drop and stay.
He knows his job, be cute and make every goo and gaa!
As with all of our puppy's Sir Humphrey will undergo 2 years of training to become a qualified ASD Therapy Dog, follow his journey on Facebook and Instagram.