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Dogs for the Disabled is a pioneering charity that trains assistance dogs for children and adults with physical disabilities, and families with a child with autism.
Through practical tasks their dogs offer freedom and independence, but in addition an assistance dog becomes a reason to go out, giving a new found confidence that opens doors to fresh opportunities including friendships, hobbies, education and even careers.
Dogs for the Disabled have trained over 661 partnerships to date and currently have over 278 working in England and Wales.
Life changing partnerships
The partnerships they create between people with disabilities and dogs are life changing. Dogs for the Disabled train Labradors and Golden Retrievers due to their gentle temperament and natural ability to perform tasks. The life of a Dogs for the Disabled dog begins when they are 8 weeks old and spend up until they are a year old with a puppy socialiser. They then go to a training centre for 6-8 months, giving them all the skills they will require to help a person with disabilities.
The Top Ten
Clever things a guide dog can do:
1. Pick up a phone, keys or a wallet. Some can even pick up a credit card!
2. Our dogs help people to get dressed and undressed, they even tackle zips!
3. They collect the post rather than attack the postman!
4. They load and unload the washing machine. (Yes, really!)
5. They can open doors
6. They can interrupt a child’s tantrum
7. They can stop a child from running into the road
8. They can play games – one even plays pairs with his owner
9. They can speak – although their conversation is a little limited!
10. They can press the button on a pedestrian crossing
Did you know a guide dog can unload a washing machine?