Applying for a canine partner

We train assistance dogs for adults with physical disabilities.

We are currently closed to new applications but to find out if you would be eligible to apply when we re-open, please see our Eligibility Criteria and more information below.

We are currently closed to new applications

Thank you for your interest in applying for a canine partner. Due to ongoing high demand for our assistance dogs, we will be opening to new applications at set times, so as to best manage our applicants’ wait times. We are not currently accepting new applications at this time and any applications received outside of the opening times will not be considered.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, we have been focusing on applicants who are already on our waiting list and those who are currently going through their assessments. The care of our partners, dogs, volunteers, staff and supporters is our top priority.  Please see Canine Partners’ latest statement on Covid-19 here.

Re-opening dates

We will be keeping this page updated with details about when and where we will be re-opening to new applications in the future. In the meantime, please find some useful information below about the application process to prepare for when we do re-open.

Due to such high demand, upon receiving all first stage applications, a set number of these applications will then be automatically and impartially selected by a computer programme, to go through to second stage assessment. This approach enables all potential applicants a fair chance to apply, whilst enabling us to best manage our wait times for those who do go on to join our waiting list.

Information you need to provide

The information you will need to provide to make a first stage application for a canine partner will appear on this page prior to the next opening date. This is to ensure that you have enough time to check your eligibility and prepare for making your first stage application.

NOTE: Any applications received outside of the opening times will not be considered.

Understanding the application process

1) Eligibility Criteria

  • Check your eligibility to apply.

2) Applicant Guide

  • All you need to know about the process.

3) Applicant Process Flowchart

  • The stages of the application and assessment process.

After reading the above information, if you have any specific enquiries or questions about applying for a canine partner, please contact us on: applicationsenquiries@caninepartners.org.uk or call: 01530 225942 or 01730 716042.

Thank you for your patience while we aim to come back to you as soon as possible.

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