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 Jane, from Edinburgh

In 2009, a sudden spinal abscess and onset meningitis almost killed Jane Knights. Against the odds Jane survived, but was left with the realisation that she would never walk again.… read more

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Meet Jon, from the Isle of Wight

In 2007, Jon Giemza-Pipe was injured while serving in Iraq as a Major in the Royal Artillery. His injury meant that Jon was medically discharged from the forces after 22 years of service. … read more

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Meet David, from Devon

In 2007, David Follett was involved in a traumatic road traffic accident, leaving him paralysed. He was partnered with canine partner Tessie in November 2014 and talks about how she has completed his family. … read more

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