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In 2004 we became the first charity in the UK to train assistance dogs for children with physical disabilities.

Assistance dogs can help build a level of independence and confidence in children by helping with practical tasks, such as:

  • Retrieving dropped items
  • Opening and closing doors
  • Helping with dressing and undressing
  • Helping with physiotherapy routines

The dog also offers unconditional love, becoming a friend who is always there for them, and a positive focus for the whole family as you can see in from the assistance dogs in this video, .

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 not currently taking applications for our assistance dogs for children’s service. Please check back regularly or follow us on our social media channels to see when our lists are open.

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.

Our enquiry management system works on a postcode basis. This enables us to deal with the volume of enquiries 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.