Dogs for Good trains assistance dogs for adults with physical disabilities. Every dog is specially trained to help with practical tasks that many people with disabilities find difficult or impossible to do, such as:
- Opening and closing doors
- Helping with dressing and undressing
- Retrieving items such as mobile telephones or dropped articles like keys or a bag
- Loading and emptying the washing machine
- Pressing a pedestrian crossing button
- Reaching up to shop-counters with items such as a wallet
A recognised assistance dog provides an extension of the person’s abilities, and is allowed by law to accompany their partner into public places such as shops, restaurants and also to travel on public transport.
Download the information guide to find out more.
How to apply
We are currently not accepting new applications. Please keep checking the website to see if we are accepting applications from your region.
To provide fairer access to all potential applicants, we currently use a ballot style approach. This approach ensures that we can provide our services in a timely manner to our applicants within our limited resources. The ballot approach is delivered in accordance with the Dogs for Good Application Ballot – General Conditions of Entry.
Whilst we do cover the whole of England and Wales, our application system works on a postcode basis. This enables us to deal with the volume of applications we receive in an efficient and fair way, based on the demand for our services in any particular area/region and the resources we have available in that area.
If you have any queries then please look at our frequently asked questions.
Dementia assistance dogs
The Dementia Dog Project is a collaboration with Alzheimer Scotland to develop new services for people living with dementia. Based at HMP Castle Huntly open prison near Dundee, we work with the Scottish Prison Service and Paws for Progress CIC to help train our family of Dementia Dogs.
Dementia assistance dogs are currently only available in Scotland. Find out how dementia assistance dogs make a difference.
We are piloting dementia community dogs in England. Our dogs work with people with dementia and their carers, helping them to lead full and active lives at home and in their local community. Find out more.