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 progressing well with his puppy training in Derby, and is comfortable in his new home.

He likes being given the opportunity to settle in his dog crate especially as he has his three feeds a day in there. This makes the crate a good place to go and helps him choose it to settle down and take a nap.

Toileting on command is becoming established with hardly a mishap.

Wellington enjoys playing with his toys and these are being used as a reward when he is learning to walk by his puppy parent’s side on a loose lead.

He has been practising sits and downs and his puppy parent has been taking him to a variety of places to get him used to new sights, sounds and smells."