What types of dog are used and how are they trained?

We carefully select our puppies to identify potential assistance dogs. Essential qualities include a gentle co-operative nature, curiosity, a strong desire to be with people and a steady temperament.We use specialist training techniques based on motivation through play, praise and reward to teach our dogs how to be obedient in public and enjoy their work. The seven basic stages of the training programme are:


Andy Cook, CEO, explains the three stages of training a canine partner, from pup to fully trained working assistance dog. On this first page he focuses on stage one: puppy training.

Latest News

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.

Fancy cycling for Canine Partners?
Have you been inspired by the cycling events at the Commonwealth Games and Tour de France? Then here's an opportunity to take part in the London to Brighton Cycle Ride and raise money for us.

Zoe and canine partner Remus carry the Commonwealth Games baton
What a proud day for Canine Partners and one of our Scottish partnerships, Zoe MacLean and cp Remus, who this morning carried the Commonwealth Games baton through her home town of Largs.

CEO's Blog

Amazing partnerships, Egghead Eggztravaganzas, Teddy-Edward Bears (and new Training Centres)

Fiona Healey-hutchinson - Friday, August 22, 2014
It’s been quite a week (do I always say that?!). Everything kicked off on Monday with our Partnership Ceremony at our Southern Centre – an emotional day when we celebrated the graduation of 12 more partnerships, who have recently been launched into a brave new world together, supporting each other through thick and thin. What strikes you about these ceremonies is just how proud our partners are of their dogs; so much so that they   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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