Our incredible community dogs help many children and adults live full and active lives. These dogs spend their working lives alongside their handlers and visit clients for a number of sessions to help them achieve specific goals.

When you watch a community dog, you quickly notice that he or she acts as a natural motivator, helping clients to engage in a fun and interactive way. The goals can be very varied and may include helping with:

  • Anxiety
  • Social interaction
  • Self care
  • Independence
  • Health – improving exercise, diet
  • Give the client a feeling of wellbeing, companionship and joy

Meet our special community dogs

Our community dogs have completed basic assistance dog training and then a community dog assessment, plus Bronze & Silver Kennel Club Good Citizen award with their handlers.

Fleck

community dogs - Fleck

Breed: Labrador x golden retriever
Age: 6 years

Fleck is generally very laid back but loves to run when on a walk. He loves to greet people and is always ready for a tummy tickle.

Fleck is very calm and laid back but also ready for a game. He can be cheeky and will act on his own initiative during a session which helps to break down barriers and form a bond.

Clients often comment on Fleck’s face and how calming it is to look at him. They enjoy engaging in activities with him and like his cheeky side – especially when he ‘takes’ or does something he is not supposed to!

Lucy

community dogs - Lucy

Breed: Labrador x golden retriever
Age: 2 years

Lucy is cheeky, clever and keen to learn. She never turns down a biscuit or the opportunity to earn one (or two)! She forms bonds quickly and enjoys being around people.

Clients love Lucy’s energy and her enthusiasm with the activities. She very quickly learns that she is engaging with the client and gives them her complete focus.

Lucy has been trained to offer a ‘hug’ – she’ll rest her head on someone’s shoulder. We teach each of our community dogs behaviours that they will enjoy and Lucy enjoys this type of physical interaction.

Ursa

community dogs - Ursa

Breed: Labrador x golden retriever
Age: 4 years

Ursa is a very happy dog and her tail is always wagging. She is always willing to please and enjoys a fuss.

She always greets clients with a toy and a wagging tail which shows them how happy she is to see them, which always makes them smile.

Georgie

Meet to community dogs

Breed: Golden retriever
Age: 2 years

Georgie is a dementia community dog. She’s a very gentle and calm dog that loves being around people!

People tend to instantly take to Georgie. She has such a natural way of making people feel like they are the most important person in the room. Meeting Georgie often prompts people to share memories of their own dogs and remembering the things they used to enjoy about having a dog.

Rita

Meet Rita a dementia community dog

Breed: German shepherd x golden retriever
Age: 4 years

Rita is a gentle dog that likes strokes and scratches on her chest, under her chin and just above her tail. She likes to poke her nose under your arm unexpectedly for fuss – even when you’re carrying cups of tea! She loves walks, running off lead and playing with other dogs.

Rita is a great dementia community dog because so is calm with everyone she meets. She considers things carefully when she is working with people. Once she gets to know a person she is working with she becomes really invested in that person, which doesn’t happen straight away so can be very rewarding for a person that takes their time to get to know Rita.