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Discover Assistance Dogs Australia - BHG November 18

Dr Harry Cooper goes behind the scenes of Assistance Dogs Australia with some of the cleverest canines in the land and he is astonished at what he sees!

As part of Dogtober awareness month and to celebrate the organisation's 20th anniversary, Dr Harry and his TV crew recently turned their cameras on the world of Assistance Dogs Australia.

The Seven Network left no paw unturned as they delved into a world of puppies, advanced training, trainers, Puppy Educators, CEOs and clients. Dr Harry got down to the grassroots — literally — with the assistance dogs puppies and then spoke to Richard Lord, CEO of Assistance Dogs Australia as well as experienced a puppy class.

Next up, it was time to be astonished by these Super Pups in advanced training as they demonstrated the extent to which they can transform the lives of people living with physical disabilities, PTSD, autism and dementia. 

These dogs don’t just change lives, they give people their lives back!

Sporting his distinctive chequered cap, residents of Engadine town centre (Sutherlandshire), the hometown of Assistance Dogs Australia, were treated to smiles and chats from the ever gregarious TV celebrity, whose enthusiasm for this cause was very much appreciated.

Then it was time to see the culmination of two years of intensive training, Michael Forbes, owner of Assistance Dog Fizz, and a professional triathlete who became a quadriplegic in 2008 after he was involved in a traffic accident whilst training on his bike in Melbourne. 

Don’t miss the chance to take a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the world of Assistance Dogs this week on Better Homes and Gardens.

When: Friday 18 November 2016, from 7pm

Where: Better Homes & Gardens
The Seven Network.

About Assistance Dogs Australia

Assistance Dogs Australia is a national charity which trains Labradors and Golden Retrievers to help people with disabilities, providing them with greater freedom and independence. Since inception they have placed over 200 Assistance Dogs across Australia. Dogs are placed free of charge to a wide range of clients. It costs in excess of $30,000 to train and place a dog, and Assistance Dogs Australia receives no government funding. 

For more information, please visit or call 1800 688 364.


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