WHO ARE WE?

We began in 2011 when Cath Phillips discovered just how hard it was to find someone who would accredit her dog Buddy. Having bipolar II, Cath realised that she was more stable and relaxed when her three Ridgebacks were with her. But three big dogs were too much to take to the supermarket. Cath decided that Buddy was the best dog for what she needed and downloaded a Public Access Test from the net. She then spent a considerable amount of time trying to find a trainer who would test Buddy for her. Finally, she found Mali Rolph from See Spot Run and Buddy passed his test with flying colours.

 
In February of 2012, the first two dogs were certified. mindDog operates under the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act 1992 which guarantees public access for all dogs trained as assistance dogs.

WHAT DO WE DO?

A mindDog is a psychiatric assistance dog. An assistance dog (also known as a service dog) is covered by the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act 1992. An assistance dog is trained to assist their handler in public and is guaranteed access to all public places including shopping centres, hospitals, public transport and restaurants. According to this Act, an assistance dog is trained to alleviate the effect of a disability and must meet standards of hygiene and behaviour.

 
For individuals with a mental health disorder and a dog, mindDog will test that dog for suitability, oversee the training, test, and certify that dog as an assistance dog.

mindDogs assist people with mental health disorders whose lives are often severely compromised by anxiety and fear. With their mindDog they are able to travel on public transport, access public places and take part in social activities which have been closed off to them.

HOW DO WE DO IT?

Before your dog becomes a mindDog there are some fundamentals you both have to know. How good is your dog at basic obedience? Does she sit on command? Will she drop and stay? If you are in a busy place with lots of distractions, does she come when you call her? Will she walk calmly beside you on a loose lead without pulling or lunging? How is she with kids or other dogs? Does she bark frantically if she’s excited?

 
These are all things you both need to have well under control before she gets her mindDog Trainee vest.

If your dog needs more work, your Assessor will let you know during your First Visit and give you a local mindDog trainer to work with.

ABOUT US

Established: 2011

mindDog assists mental health sufferers to procure, train and certify psychiatric assistance dogs. These dogs assist people with mental health disorders whose lives are often severely compromised by anxiety and fear. With their mindDog they are able to travel on public transport, access public places and take part in social activities which have been closed off to them.

mindDog endorses force free training only.

STORIES

mindDogs truly do change people's lives for the better. Here are just a few...

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Tashi
She’s been my pet for four years before starting her training as a mindDog. I have PTSD which makes it hard for me to leave the house...
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Sasha
Diagnosed with Depression and Anxiety, suffering frequent panic attacks and agoraphobia I would hardly leave the house. Not even to do...
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MINDDOGS & HANDLERS

30

ASSESSORS

79

TRAINERS

8

BOARD MEMBERS

Cath Phillips
CATH PHILLIPS
FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN
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MARYLENE WHITELY
DATABASE ADMINISTRATOR
Maylene Davey
MAYLENE DACEY
SECRETARIAL SUPPORT
Gayl O'Grady
GAYL O'GRADY
HEAD ASSESSOR & TRAINER
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JANELLE NAUGHTON
DIRECTOR & TRAINER
Matthias Dubbert
MATTHIAS DUBBERT
DIRECTOR & TRAINER
Chez Davenport
CHEZ DAVENPORT
DIRECTOR
Tom Hatfield
TOM HATFIELD
TREASURER
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ANGEL BLEICH
DIRECTOR
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MALCOLM ROBINSON
WEBSITE ADMINISTRATOR