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

First BIG Bluebell Dog Walk
Our first BIG Bluebell Dog Walk of the season took place this Sunday in London, launching a record number of walks for 2014. There are 14 walks to choose from all over the country with the first at leafy Eltham Park South, Eltham in London. Organiser Julia Milligan invited walkers to join her for the hour-long stroll through the bluebells at the Glenesk Road park from 10.30am. The BIG Bluebell Dog Walk enjoyed a scenic hour long walk to raise funds and awareness for the Charity.

Solidering On with Steve and Kizzie
Saturday night saw one of our favourite partnerships take centre stage at the Soldiering On Awards in Central London. Steve and canine partner Kizzie were honoured at the annual event and named winner of the Soldiering On Canine Award 2014. The former Royal Navy Petty Officer had won a public vote to take the title. Readers of the Sunday Mirror as well as the huge family that is Canine Partners supporters and volunteers chose the partnership to lift the coveted title.

Passing the baton for Canine Partners
One of our partnerships and two puppy parents have been chosen to play their part in the Queen's Baton Relay as part of the celebrations for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer. Zoe McLean and Remus and dedicated puppy parents Lorraine Bonnar and Graham Smith have been selected to carry the baton on its way to launch the XX Games. The baton left Buckingham Palace on 9 October last year and will travel to 70 Commonwealth countries before it arrives in Scotland for the opening ceremony in Glasgow on 23 July.

CEO's Blog

The London Marathon - an alternative view

Andy Cook - Monday, April 14, 2014
Well what an amazing day!! If anyone ever gives you the chance to take part in the London Marathon, grab it with both hands first, and think of the pain afterwards, as a necessary evil of participating in a once in a lifetime experience. I never dreamed my name would get pulled out of the hat - only one in seven do - and I must admit I had very mixed feelings when it did, last October, as your life is then committed to a winter of training. But w  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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