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…
This International Assistance Dog Awareness Week, amazing assistance dogs are transforming the lives of people living with disabilities
Sharing the life-changing impact our assistance dogs provide to disabled people, their families, friends and communities.… read more
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Steph Flower, who has Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia, has had three canine partners since 1999 and is one of the few partnerships who has been able to watch the charity grow from near the beginning. … read more
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