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

HRH Prince Harry meets Jon Flint and Varick at the Invictus Games
One of our partners, Jon Flint, who has canine partner Varick, was honoured to meet Prince Harry at the Invictus Games yesterday.

Pam Ayres films our BBC Lifeline Appeal
Poet and national treasure Pam Ayres recently spent time at our southern training centre filming for our BBC Lifeline Appeal which is broadcast on Sunday 21 September.

Our week on television!
This week we have had two major television appearances - in very different programmes - which has given us an opportunity to talk about and demonstrate our work to a wider audience.

CEO's Blog

Come rain or shine

Andy Cook - Monday, September 08, 2014
What a busy time we’ve been having! The last two weeks have flown by. It all started off with ‘Madhurst’ festival, including a parade through the streets of Midhurst with our puppies taking centre stage. Puppies Hamlin, Toffee, Banksy, Aston and Bonnie did us proud – their tails wagged happily despite the rain! Toffee then went on to give a demonstration of his skills to a very impressed audience,   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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