Canine Partners Scotland

Canine Partners in Scotland

Registered Charity No: SC039050.

We create life-changing partnerships between assistance dogs and disabled people to increase independence, confidence and self-esteem.


Our work in Scotland

  • It costs £30,000 to create and support a Canine Partners partnership. This includes finding a puppy, two years of dog training, matching them with an individual on the waiting list and then on-going aftercare support for an average of 10 years until the dog retires.
  • We currently have 36 partnerships in Scotland, with a further 8 individuals on the waiting list.
  • Of the 8 individuals on the waiting list, 4 are waiting for their first canine partner, the other 4 are waiting for successor canine partners as their current dog is due to retire.

How do we train our dogs?

Our canine partners undertake a specialist two-year training programme, which begins from selection at eight weeks old. They spend 12 to 14 months in puppy training with a volunteer Puppy Parent, followed by an average of four months’ advanced training at our centre near Loughborough. At all stages training is fun and reward-based.



Find out more



There are lots of ways you can get involved with our work.


  • Dog Fosterer

Could you provide a temporary home for a canine partner whilst their partner is in hospital or holiday?


  • Event Volunteer

Could you help us raise awareness about our charity by volunteering at events? It is a great way to enjoy a day out, while giving back to your local community.


  • Volunteer Driver

We are looking for volunteer drivers to support our operational and fundraising teams. The role involves the transportation of our dogs and fundraising resources. It is ideal for someone who enjoys driving and getting out and about.


  • Home-Based Admin Support

Could you support us with some admin from home? We are looking for volunteers to help with the smooth running and timely capture of information for our volunteer registration process and day-to-day operations.


  • Speaker

We are looking for volunteer speakers to provide (face to face and virtual) talks to groups, schools and organisations.


To find out more about these volunteering opportunities, please email 


There are many ways you can get involved and help us raise vital funds. You could organise a fundraising activity, take part in a challenge or fundraise via your workplace.

We have a small group of fundraising volunteers who organise events such as a Prestwick Golf Day, a day at Perth Races and an evening with the Fingask Follies all in aid of Canine Partners. We would love to have your support at these events.

However you want to get involved, we’ll support you every step of the way.



You can support our work in Scotland by giving a donation, sponsoring a puppy or playing our weekly lottery.

We rely solely on donations so every pound you give will help us to continue our life-changing work.

For more information, please contact


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