How a canine partner can transform your life

Our canine partners are trained to deal with all types of situations, from everyday chores to emergencies. If you are living with a physical disability which can make things difficult or painful, our specially trained dogs are there to help with physical tasks and make life easier.

As well as offering a helping hand (or should we say paw), our dogs give the priceless benefit of companionship, unconditional love and affection – invaluable when you are in a position of need or vulnerability.

See how we helped transform Lorna’s life with canine partner Eli

Contributing to independence

Canine partners are trained in a variety of emergency responses and are ready to assist whenever needed. They can activate an alarm, retrieve a mobile phone and fetch help if required – a huge confidence boost for a partner. Knowing a dog is on hand at all times also brings great peace of mind to family and friends. A canine partner truly has the ability to make the difference between independence or reliance on a human carer.

Psychological and social benefits

To care for and manage a canine partner involves being responsible for daily exercise, feeding, grooming and playing. This increased activity will not only help you to maintain muscular strength and joint mobility, but it can also encourage a sense of achievement.

You’ll also get an increased amount of social interaction. When you’re out and about, people will want to come over and meet your canine partner. Your amazing dog is a catalyst for conversation and a great way to meet new people – all good for your self-confidence.

From our blog…

Meet Wren and Darcey

My name is Wren and I’m partnered with seven-year-old Golden Retriever, Darcey – I’m 31 years old and I live in Hampshire. Since I was a child, I’ve struggled with health problems, but I didn’t become disabled until later in life. In 2012, I had a bout of glandular fever. Following on from that I … read more

Posted 7 months ago in the Our partnerships category

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Stephen’s story

Stephen Brookes, 44   In 2008, my world changed dramatically when a motorbike accident left me with a life-changing spinal cord injury. I am paralysed from the shoulders down, which means that I need to use a wheelchair full-time and require 24-hour care.   I had served in the Royal Navy for 15 years, a life that … read more

Posted 8 months ago in the Our partnerships category

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Meet James and Spud

James, 81, was partnered with canine partner Spud in June 2018. This is his story.  My name is James and I have Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyradiculoneuropathy. My disability affects my limbs, with no movement below the ankle and very limited dexterity in my hands. I get very tired and suffer with pain in my joints.  … read more

Posted 8 months ago in the Our partnerships category

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