Empower Assistance Dogs is based in Queensland and is founded by Craig and Tracey Murray.
Empower Assistance Dogs breeds, trains and facilitates the empowering connection between those who need assistance and their new canine companion.
TRAINING Government Certified Guide, Hearing & Assistance DOGS
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Empower Assistance Dogs connects with the community in many ways. No matter if you're looking to donate, volunteer or assist by raising a puppy while it's being trained, there are ways you can assist us to assist those in need.
Your donation helps us train
Adopt a puppy
& help us raise an
Give your time
as a volunteer
to our cause
OUR TRAINING TIMELINE
Selecting the Puppies
The selecting of the correct puppy is truly the foundation of the entire training and placement process and it sets the stage for the assistance or hearing dogs entire working life. We start the selection process at 8 weeks of age.
Even whilst the selection process is continuing on, the training process is already beginning and this will continue throughout the entire working life of the assistance or hearing dog. Included in this is ensuring that you hit all of the critical time periods throughout a puppy’s development into adult life and ensure a high level of social attitude is built into the framework of the process.
In the basic training of a assistance or hearing dog we must ensure that the dog is capable of handling great change and all possible environmental effects that the dog and their human partners may encounter in their day to day life. We must cover the training of the dog to be a great canine ambassador both in the home and in any part of society that the dog may interact with.
Lots of Hard Work
Whilst producing an assistance or hearing dog is definitely hard work, it is also extremely rewarding to watch candidate dogs empower their disabled recipients to gain greater independence and quality of life. The amount of work needed is dependent upon the needs of the recipient and the speed and understanding that each individual dog possesses.
There are many important lessons for the candidate assistance or hearing dog to learn to become a government certified assistance or hearing dog. These include public access training which involves ensuring the dogs have great manners and minimal impact on all other members of society including other animals. There is also a massive amount of differing tasks that can be required and all must be done with extreme reliability regardless of distraction or environmental factors.
A New Home
When the candidate assistance or hearing dog is being readied throughout its training program, we prefer to have a handler share in the interaction and transition training so that when the new dog goes to the new home the greatest synergy is achieved between dog, recipient and home environment.