Dementia Dog Project
Placing three dementia assistance dogs with couples living at home, where one person had a diagnosis of dementia and the other was their full-time carer, demonstrated significant benefits for both people and their wider support network.
Thanks to a substantial funding award from the Life Changes Trust, we are expanding the dementia assistance dog programme. Between 2016 – 2019 we will be training and providing a further 8 dementia assistance dogs to people in Scotland.
We are working in collaboration with the Scottish Prison Service and Paws for Progress to establish Scotland’s first prison-based assistance dog training programme , and dedicated operational base for the Dementia Dog Project.
The training of dementia assistance dogs is still a relatively new approach with Scotland and Australia currently the only countries to be trialling accredited assistance dogs.