Ingrid Sweeney, certified service dog trainer in Vienna, Austria

A well prepared dog becomes your guide, helper and partner, a companion and a communication facilitator. He develops the skills necessary to assist you in navigating the outside world and 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 an assistance dog or guide dog for the visually, physically or mentally impaired in order that the dog assists with day-to-day activities and getting about securely and confidently. Passing the state exam to become a certified guide dog or service dog team in Austria is the training goal.


If you were issued a government ID certifying your disability at 50% or more, the Federal Social Affairs Ministry may cover a portion of the cost which accrues in buying a service dog or guide dog. The legal framework is to be found in detail here: §39a Bundesbehindertengesetz



Original profession is  that of concert violinist.  I specialize in coaching, multimedia, improvising and playing chamber music.


In the last few years I 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: Maria Gerstmann ( and Dr. Vet. Cornelia Albrecht, leading Austrian experts on training seeing-eye dogs and dogs for people with multiple service needs.


I am proud to be listed  as an assistance dog training facility accredited by the Messerli Institut in Vienna.

Pirate, medical alert dog

Would you like to foster a puppy's first year? Perhaps you could be a puppy raiser.

This involves a certain time commitment and dedication to  the puppy's socialization. 

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. Maybe you would like to be guided in raising a puppy for a future career as service dog in order to learn. Please do get in touch if you are interested.




Bruno, therapy dog. He is active in a school setting with teenagers in the city of Vienna.



Menadiel,  PTSD dog.





Mona, balance support dog





Theo, Alzheimer service dog