Disability Assistance Dogs

Support Dogs’ aim is to improve the quality of life and independence of people with a wide range of physical disabilities by training their own pet dog as a Disability Assistance Dog.

Our disability assistance dogs are trained to assist and support their owners by carrying out tasks which are specifically tailored to their needs, for example:

  • Opening and closing doors
  • Picking up objects
  • Raising the alarm
  • Dressing and undressing
  • Operating control buttons
  • Loading and unloading the washing machine

Support dogs also facilitate greater confidence for a more active life and vital social interaction. An assistance dog is often a catalyst for conversation, meeting new people and increasing their owner’s interaction with their community. This further increases confidence and self-esteem.

This increased independence also has a positive impact on our clients’ relationships with friends and family members. It often releases family members from their roles as primary carers and in many cases can enable them and the client to return to paid employment.

Application process

Please click here to read our  Disability Assistance info pack. This provides information to enable you to assess whether you are eligible to apply.

To apply for this programme you must first attend an information day at our training centre in Sheffield. Information days are held once or twice per year and have a very limited number of spaces. To register your interest please complete the form below.

Once we have a date confirmed for the next information day you will then receive an email alert which will enable you to apply for a space. These spaces are allocated on a first come first served basis for those that meet the programme criteria. Demand for our support is extremely high and sadly far exceeds the capacity of our small charity due to our limited resources.