Assistance dogs

/ 4 July 2016

There are a number of accredited Assistance Dog organisations in the UK that help over 7000 disabled people with practical tasks as well as the emotional benefits and greater independence that such dogs bring.

They help with everything from safely crossing the road to getting clothes out of the washing machine. There are also dogs who can provide assistance for people with autism and those who need seizure alert, while Guide dogs help those who are blind or partially sighted and Hearing dogs help those with a hearing impairment.

Assistance dogs are trained to a very high standard. They need to behave well in public, have safe and reliable temperaments, have a clear health check, be fully toilet trained and wear a specific harness and coat.