Building independence through canine support

We're proud to be supporting Canine Partners. Since 1990, this charity has provided assistance dogs to transform the lives of people living with disabilities. 

Amazing dogs, transforming lives

We've joined forces with disability-support charity, Canine Partners, to support their target to match 80 trained dogs with disabled people this year.

This growing charity provides highly trained assistance dogs, trained to carry out day-to-day household tasks and ensure the safety of their owner.

With over 1,000 requests received by Canine Partners for assistance dogs each year and a 24 month puppy training programme, we're pleased to be supporting some of the 1.2 million wheelchair users across the UK. 

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Meet trainee assistance dog, Wellington

Wellington, Canine Partner

Meet Wellington, one of the latest recruits by Canine Partners who is proudly sponsored by David Wilson Homes.

Wellington is one of 159 puppies currently in training with puppy parents, ahead of being matched with a new owner.

Each puppy costs £20,000 to support from their initial puppy selection, through to their retirement, aged 12.

The dogs are specially trained to the needs of their new owner, including complex disabilities. Canine Partners also work closely with Help for Heroes, the Royal British Legion and other service organisations to provide assistance dogs to injured servicemen and women.

From opening and closing doors, to unloading the washing machine or seeking help in an emergency, these canine heroes really do help make a house, a home.

Click here to find out more about Canine Partners.

The latest 'pupdate' from Canine Partners

Wellington is 17 months old and is looking every bit the adult Golden Retriever.

COVID 19 had paused the training at our Centres, and we are tentatively re-starting training this month, adapting and trialling new Covid secure ways of providing our assistance dogs to our applicants.

We want to ensure we work in a way that does not expose them to any additional health risks. This has meant a radical change to the way we do things, such as staging the partnership training over a longer period and doing a large portion in the applicants' homes and their surrounding local area.

The knock-on effect is that it has slowed down the number of dogs moving into advanced training. Originally Wellington would have been due to start his advanced training about now.

Puppy parents, like Wellington's, have been coached by their trainers using apps like Zoom since lockdown. This month, for the first time since April, Wellington has met his trainer Joanne, for sessions in the garden of his home.

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Wellington is very bright and learns quickly. This is typical of a young Goldie and Joanne will be pushing his training on to more complex tasks to keep him interested and motivated.

In social settings he is a superstar. His puppy parent had a big birthday last month so he attended a few, socially distanced outdoor BBQ’s. Wellington was excellent in his interaction with adults and children, waiting and watching until being given the command to say hello and then recalling away and settling down. This showed great self-control.

Thank you for your continued support.