Different Types Of Assistance Dogs
There are currently seven registered charities that are linked to All of these charities train dogs to help people in some way. These amazing dogs are so well trained they can help people who are blind, deaf and disabled. Dogs can even help to detect human diseases and perform daily tasks for disabled people. Here are the seven registered Assistance Dogs charities and organisations in the UK.
Guide Dogs is a charity for the blind. They train dogs to be able to help blind and partially blind people go about their daily lives. The aim is to ensure ‘people who are blind and partially sighted can enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else.’ Guide Dogs is probably currently the best known of all the assistance dog charities.
Canine Partners is a charity for are disabled and need help with everyday tasks. They train assistance dogs to help improve their quality of life. ‘More than 1.2 million people in the UK use a wheelchair, and a significant number of those would benefit from a canine partner.’ These dogs do things like open and close doors, pick up things that are dropped and fetch items that their owner needs.
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People train dogs to recognise a wide variety of different sounds. Once they are trained as an assistance dog for deaf people they can alert their owner to important sounds. These could be everyday sounds such as an alarm clock but also emergency sounds such as a fire alarm. Hearing Dogs provides deaf people with ‘independence, confidence and valuable companionship.’
Support Dogs focus on improving the quality of life of people with a range of medical issues. They help people with epilepsy, physical disabilities, seizures and children with autism. ‘Support Dogs is the only organisation in the UK to train Seizure Alert Dogs and have recently trained the first Guide/Seizure Alert Dog in partnership with Guide Dogs for the Blind.’
Dog Aid is very different from the other charities mentioned here. They actually do the opposite, instead of training up dogs and matching them with people they work with owners to train their own dogs. Dog Aid gives less able people the knowledge and skills to turn their pet dog into a qualified Assistance Dog.
Medical Detection Dogs train dogs to do amazing things. They are able to recognise human diseases such as cancer. ‘We are a charity that works in partnership with researchers, NHS Trusts and Universities. Our aim is to train specialist dogs to detect the odour of human disease.’
Dogs for the Disabled is a charity that trains dogs to help people who have disabilities and are disabled. The dogs help by giving disabled adults and children more independence and freedom to go about their daily lives.