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. 

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The latest 'pupdate' from Canine Partners

"This photo is from a Christmas shopping trip. Over the festive period Wellington also stayed in a hotel with his puppy parents and coped brilliantly with the change of environment.

Wellington is now 9 months old and his trainer is pleased with his progress. When people come to the door he greets them nicely and then quickly settles on his bed. He likes sleeping in his crate still but also settles well out of the crate when away from home.

His next area for training is to work on his recall in busier areas. He is good in quiet places but has not yet had much experience with lots of distractions.

Wellington is still a little immature but Golden Retrievers take longer to develop so we don’t have any concerns. It just means he’ll be a very big puppy for a while yet. He doesn’t come into Advanced Training until he’s between 14 and 18 months old."

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