Our dogs are trained to assist with a range of practical tasks such as:

 

 

Our canine partners provide practical day to day assistance with tasks that may be difficult, painful,or impossible to perform. They also provide that special companionship, unconditional love and affection which is so unique to dogs.

 

Social interaction

Whilst out exercising and playing games in the park, or working in the supermarket and handing over their partner's purse at the checkout, the extraordinary canine partner is a catalyst for conversation, meeting new people and increasing their partner’s opportunity for social interaction. You stop being "that disabled person in a wheelchair" and start being "the person with the really cool dog" (See Kate and "Byron"'s story).



To boldly go

To care for and manage a canine partner involves being responsible for daily exercise, feeding, grooming and playing. Dogs give you a reason to get up in the morning and to get out of the house, exercising. This increased activity can help to maintain muscular strength and joint mobility, particularly when the dog has been specially trained to fit in with a physiotherapy programme......and of course a dog puts a smile on your face too :)


Reducing your need for help from other people

Nobody likes to ask for help from other people - so why should you have to do this just because you use a wheelchair? It's been described to us as "like having your soul and identity chipped away, every time you ask for help". Our canine partners stop you from having to ask for help, so your soul and identity are preserved. You may also be able to reduce your reliance on a carer too. That's what independence is all about. That's why we believe so passionately in our Mission.

Latest News

Nicole takes on London Triathlon to raise funds for us!
34-year-old Nicole Donne from Balham in London will be pushing herself to the limit on 8 August when she takes on the London Triathlon to try and raise £500 to help us train more canine partners.

Arundel Evening Reception was a shining success
More than 250 people enjoyed an evening reception at Arundel Castle Cricket Ground and helped raise £4,212.

HSBC volunteers make a difference
Four groups of volunteers from HSBC Southampton offices visited Canine Partners Southern Centre to help with a diverse range of physical and administrative tasks.

CEO's Blog

Castles, canaries and wharves

10 Jul

Imagine the scene! A balmy English summer’s evening on the immaculate cricket lawns of sunny Sussex overlooking a fairy tale castle, with puppies a-gambolling and Pimms a-flowing… this pretty much describes our event last night at Arundel Castle Cricket Ground, courtesy of our wonderful host Lady Mary, aka Lady Herries of Terregles, and her team. Read more


Canine Partners’ Leicestershire Training Centre

Canine Partners needs to raise £3.1million to build a second Training Centre in order to train more dogs and change more lives.

We have purchased a site in a village called Osgathorpe, halfway between Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Loughborough, which has a range of barns, outbuildings and associated land. The plan is to replace the barns and adapt some of the outbuildings to create the specialised buildings we need.

Having a Midlands Training Centre will not only increase our output, it will also make the charity far more accessible for those on our waiting list who are unable to make the long journey to our centre in West Sussex. 42% of the applications we received last year were from people living in the mid and northern regions of the UK. Many of our existing partnerships will also benefit from being able to receive support from the new centre.

The site will consist of a training centre and office facilities, fully accessible accommodation and kennelling.

This is an extremely exciting time for Canine Partners and we would be delighted to receive your support.

For more information about this project, please contact Cat Harvey on 01730 716018 or email catharvey@caninepartners.org.uk

Jobs available at the new centre will be advertised on our Vacancies page here: Work for us

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