Ingrid Sweeney, Service Dog Trainer in Vienna, Austria

A well prepared dog becomes your equal and your partner, a companion and a communication facilitator. He develops the skills necessary to assist you in everyday circumstances and provides stability. You can both thrive in a beautiful relationship in which one cares for the other.


My goal is to train a service dog to assist you with day-to-day activities and then, if applicable, to help you both pass the state exam to become a certified team in Austria.


If you own a government issued ID certifying your disability as being 50% or higher, the government (BMASGK) may cover a portion of cost which accrues in the raising and training of a service dog, who is  one and a half

to two years old by the time he can do a state test with the person he is matched with. The legal framework is to be found in detail here: §39a Bundesbehindertengesetz

My source profession is  that of concert violinist,  I specialize in coaching, multimedia, improvising and performing chamber music.


In the last few years I have dedicated myself not only to coaching young people in music at a high level but also to training dogs for people with disabilities.


My mentors in Austria are Maria Gerstmann (Ilztaler Reha Hunde- schule) and Dr. Vet. Cornelia Albrecht, leading Austrian experts on training seeing-eye dogs and dogs for people with multiple needs.

I am proud to be listed since 2018 as assistance dog training facility at the Messerli Institut

Pirate is a service dog as of fall 2018

Would you like to foster for a puppy's first year? 

This involves a high time commitment and dedication in terms of training and socialisation. 

Perhaps you are an expat citizen who will only be in Austria for a limited time. Perhaps you don't want a 10+ year commitment but enjoy working with dogs. Maybe you would like to raise a puppy for someone you know who is in need of a special assistance dog.  Please do get in touch.

Bruno passed his Therapy Dog state exam February 2019. He is active in a school setting with teenagers in the city of Vienna.

Menadiel became a PTSD dog in  June of 2018

Mona became a balance support dog in the fall of 2018