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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.
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.
If we are successful in applying for a dementia assistance dog, what’s involved in the training and placement, and is there ongoing support?
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.
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.
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.
I am a student and would like to do a volunteer placement with your organisation. Is this something you offer?
Unfortunately we don’t currently have any placements available.