top of page

Formal Training

The Process


Each of our amazing dogs are individually assessed in order to evaluate their temperament and suitability to become an Assistance Dogs. After their assessement, they are custom-trained for the role they're best suited to. All ADNZT dogs are gentle, tolerant and well-trained. Each has their own personality that can be trained and matched with an appropriate client.

Here are some of the many ways an Assistance Dog can support their client:

  • Improve fine and gross motor skills

  • Provide safety for the client including through the use of a tethering harness

  • Pressure-calming in moments of overwhelm

  • The retrieval of items 

Who looks after our dogs?

During formal training, we rely on volunteer boarders to open their homes and hearts to our Assistance Dogs while they work with ADNZT trainers. These boarders look after our older dogs during their 6-month formal training, where the trainer will pick them up and drop them off during weekdays for training sessions.

We also need boarders to look after our dogs every now and again for shorter periods of time, like weekends and holidays.

We are currently looking for boarding homes in the Auckland suburbs of Papakura, Conifer Grove, Takanini and Karaka, as well as in Christchurch.


We cover the cost of feeding and vet care, as well as providing all the support and advice boarders will need.


To become a boarder, you must:

- Have a fully fenced and secure property

- Be over 20 years of age

- Have your own vehicle and not leave the dog home alone for more than 4 hours on its own.


If you'd like to become a boarder for one of our incredible, life-changing dogs, please click the button below to submit your application of interest.


If you'd like some more information, please contact us.


Thank you - we'll be in touch shortly!  

bottom of page