Dementia Dog FAQ’s

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Unfortunately we are unable to train your pet dog. However there are two organisations in the UK who provide this service Dog Aid and Support Dogs.

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– 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

Please note we are unable to accept enquiries outside Scotland.

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Below outlines the various stages to apply.  Please note that progression through each stage is dependent on applicants meeting the full criteria and requirements as well as the availability of assistance dogs. 

-Submit an enquiry form to register your interest

-Home visit from Dementia Dog team

-Submit application form

-Home assessment visit

-Home matching visit (with potential dog)

  

The complete application process takes a minimum of 2-3 months.

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Once a suitable dog has been matched to you both, the next step is ‘placement training’.  This starts from the day the dog arrives.  Our Assistance Dog Instructor is at hand to help train you both with the dog, and help the dog settle into its new environment and routine to adapt its skills to meet your needs. 

Following successful placement training, together with your dog, you are both qualified as a working dog team and officially become Dogs for Good clients.  As such you will receive free ongoing aftercare support for the remaining working lifetime of the dog.

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We only place assistance dogs with people who live at home with a full time carer.  However you may be eligible to benefit from our Dementia Community Dog Programme, please check our criteria here .

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The majority of the dogs we train are Labrador and Retriever types, so dogs are medium-large size. We also occasionally train smaller breeds such as Quill who is a Cockapoo.  Read more about our dogs here .

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All support through the Dementia Dog Project is provided free of charge, including assistance dogs.   However we are dependent on public generosity to carry out our work, so we welcome any donations, click here for more details .

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During this difficult time, we would discuss options with the carer to explore how they can best be supported, with ultimate decisions also taking into consideration the dog’s welfare needs too. The carer may like to keep the dog and have the opportunity, in time, to become involved in our Community Dog program where the dog can continue to provide benefits for people living with dementia e.g. through visiting local care homes and daycare activities with their dog.

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This is a relatively new approach and therefore still at a small scale pilot stage while we measure our impact and capture learning. The only accredited assistance dog organisations  currently piloting this new approach is Dogs for Good in Scotland and Assistance Dogs Australia in Australia.

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Thanks so much for choosing to raise funds for us – as a small team, any funds you raise will really make a difference to us! Click here to donate .

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Unfortunately due to our limited capacity, we are unable to  offer care home visits.

If you are based in Scotland, please contact Therapets  who may be able to help organise a visit to you through their local branch. If you are based in England, the equivalent organisation would be Pets as Therapy .

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