1. Why can’t I register my interest for your assistance dog services at the moment?
We want to be able to create life changing partnerships for as many people as possible. However, we currently have the capacity to train and place approximately 50 dogs each year. By inviting applications from only a few areas at a time and for short periods of time, we’re able to assist people from right across the country. It also helps us to make sure that our applicants spend as little time as possible waiting to be partnered with a life changing dog. Find out how our areas work.
2. Why can’t you place more assistance dogs per year?
We work hard to ensure that every partnership we train meets the highest of training standards and receives on-going support. However, we rely solely on donations from the public including gifts which people leave to us in their wills to continue our work. This restricts the number of assistance dog partnerships we can train each year.
3. When will I be able to register my interest for an assistance dog service?
We invite applications from different parts of the country at different times. This is to ensure that we are able to match life changing dogs with people right across the country. We adjust the times when we invite applications to give everyone across the country a reasonable opportunity to apply for an assistance dog.
4. I’ve submitted my registration of interest, what happens now?
Once you express your interest in one of our services, we will email you to let you know when we are inviting people in your area to apply. We will give you a date and time to revisit our website to complete an online eligibility assessment. If you meet our eligibility criteria, we will invite you to attend an Information Day at the Dogs for Good centre nearest to your home.
5. I’m interested in an Autism Assistance Dog – what can I do now?
You may wish to consider our Family Dog service, which provides workshops for parents of a child with autism to explore the helping potential of a pet dog. Workshops run regularly and take place nationwide. Many families find that the introduction of a pet dog has many positive benefits. It is important to remember that attending the Family Dog workshops does not give a pet dog public access rights. Alternatively, if you feel that an assistance dog would be beneficial please keep checking our website.
6. I’m interested in a Mobility Assistance Dog – what can I do now?
We do not train assistance dogs to help with mobility tasks. Please visit the Assistance Dogs UK website to see a list of member organisations that may be able to help you.
7. You currently don’t train assistance dogs to support my condition. Are you planning to do so in the future?
We believe that dogs are good for us and can support people in many different ways. That is why we pilot projects in new areas right across the country. Whilst we cannot guarantee we will be piloting a service to help with your particular needs, it is helpful for us to understand the demand for new services.
Please click the links below and choose whether you are enquiring as an individual or on behalf of an organisation, so we can understand more about your needs.
8. Can you take my details and contact me when I can register my interest for your assistance dog services?
Yes. Please express your interest on the link below so that we can notify you when we are inviting applications from your area. Please note, at this stage we ask for limited details and you are only expressing your interest and not making an application.
9. Can I pay you to train an assistance dog for me?
We are often asked this question. Our status as a Charity means that we are unable to receive payment for training an assistance dog for an applicant.
10. Can you train my pet dog to help me?
We get many requests about whether we are able to train someone’s pet dog as an assistance dog. We currently only train dogs that have completed our own puppy socialising scheme.
If you are considering employing a local dog trainer to train your dog, please see www.adpt.co.uk. This is the website for the association of pet dog trainers.
11.Can I get an assistance dog jacket for my pet dog?
No. We only give assistance dog jackets to dogs provided and trained by us.
12. I’ve trained my own dog, how do I register it as an assistance dog?
We are not able to ‘register’ pet dogs as assistance dogs. Assistance dogs trained by Assistance Dogs International member organisations are considered, by definition, to be highly trained and fully supported throughout the life of the partnership, with responsibilities towards the dog remaining for the whole of its life, for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010. There is currently no formal registration system for assistance dogs in the UK and we currently do not have an assessment process in place for dogs that have not been trained by us.
13. How much of the money raised goes to training your dogs?
75p of every £1 we raise goes directly to making a life-changing difference to someone with a disability through a specially trained dog.