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.

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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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