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

"Wellington, or Welly as we call him, has been practising how to behave himself in public. Developing self-control is really important for an assistance dog, as is good manners. So Welly has to learn to settle in the down position when his puppy parents take him to a local café. As he is still young, new places can be very exciting but the more often he goes out the quicker he settles.

He is also getting acquainted with shops and high streets. The noises, sounds and smells can be challenging for some dogs, On a recent visit to a supermarket Welly demonstrated very good loose lead walking, and although he was slightly distracted by other shoppers in the busier aisles, he was able to refocus on his trainer. He gets lots of positive rewards and encouragement at this stage especially when he gives his handler his full attention."

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