Dogs at home and Dogs in the community
Can I Apply?
Entry criteria for Assistance Dog:
PLEASE NOTE WE DON'T CURRENTLY HAVE ANY ASSISTANCE DOGS AVAILABLE.
- You have a diagnosis of early stage dementia
- You live at home with a full time carer who does not have a diagnosis
- Your home has a fully fenced garden
- You live in Scotland
Entry criteria for Community Dog visits:
- You have a diagnosis of early-moderate stage dementia
- You receive support from a healthcare professional
- You live at home or in assisted living accommodation (you may live alone or with others)
- You live in Scotland.
Dog Day events:
These events are open to people with dementia at any stage, and family, carers or friends.
The simple criteria is that you like dogs!
Please click below to see if there's a Dog Day event near you
Dogs at home
Dementia Assistance Dogs
Highly trained dogs with full public access rights, providing full time support for families living with dementia.
Dementia Assistance Dogs are placed full time at home, where one person is living with an early stage diagnosis of dementia and the other is their full time carer.
Following a successful match to an applicant family, we then tailor the dog's skills to their specific needs, providing highly tailored support to help with daily routines such as waking, eating, taking medication, exercise, socialising and sleeping patterns.
In addition to supporting with practical tasks, the dogs act as a wonderful social bridge and conversation starter when out and about, helping families feel more connected as a couple and in their community. Importantly, they are a constant emotional anchor as the condition progresses, providing love and companionship for carers to help them with the daily challenges associated with looking after their loved one with dementia.
You will recognise one of our Assistance Dogs by their green working jackets which clearly display the Dogs for Good and ADUK logo. Assistance dogs have full public access rights, enabling them to support and accompany their owners wherever they go. This includes public transport, doctors, hospital appointments, cafes, restaurants and shops.
All our current dementia assistance dogs are now trained and happily placed with families so please note we don’t at this current time have any further dogs available.
Dogs in the Community
Community Dog Visits
This pioneering Animal Assisted Therapy approach broadens our reach beyond assistance dogs, to support people with dementia who may live alone or are unable to have their own dog.
Working closely with health & social care practitioners, together we deliver structured, goal focussed sessions for people with dementia. Therapy sessions are tailored to help each client overcome challenges they feel they encounter due to their diagnosis.
We are seeing incredible outcomes for people with dementia, from supporting with daily routines such as getting up and dressed in the morning, to helping build confidence to catch a bus and re-connect into local groups.
Our Community Dogs act as natural diffusers of anxiety to form trusting bonds with our clients - resulting in fun, engaging weekly sessions.
Watch our explainer video to find out more!
Dog Day Events
For anyone at any stage of dementia able to come along, Dog Days are fun, social group events and an opportunity for gentle interaction with trained pet dogs in a dementia friendly environment.
The focus is on fun, making friends and having a good chat! Trained volunteers will be at hand with their pooches to help everyone enjoy the special company and comfort that only a dog can bring.
Families and carers are welcome at these events, where local staff are happy to provide any support or advice you may need associated with living with dementia.
As this Dog Day programme develops, dates and locations will be posted on our calendar of events.