All enquiries are taken through this
Those wishing to be considered for training with their dog will have to
complete the Initial Enquiry form below.
These enquiries will be reviewed on a monthly basis in strict date
rotation. We will send a confirmation, by email, that we have received
your enquiry. If we have a trainer available in your area you will be
contacted. If we do not we will endeavour to give you some advice on
where to access some basic training and what to do next.
A Dog A.I.D. client must be 15 years of age or over with a physical disability which impacts on their mobility and their ability to perform daily tasks such as:
Picking up dropped objects
Opening and shutting doors
Finding articles which have been mislaid
Putting washing in and removing from the machine
Placing articles where required
Any other task that helps to mitigate the persons disability.
The dog must be less than 5 years of age.
N.B. Dog A.I.D. does NOT train dogs to assist with mental impairment, autism or seizure alert for those with epilepsy. Nor do we accept clients with hearing impairment unless they have another significant physical disability.
If we have a trainer available you will receive a Register of Interest Form.
This is not an application form.
Once the Register of Interest has been returned, the trainer will arrange to visit you to make an assessment of the dog, your needs and what the dog can do to mitigate your disability.
On receipt of this information the office will send out an Application Pack, once this is returned and membership fee
paid, training can begin.
There is a six month probationary period. This is to make sure that the training scheme is the right one for you and your dog.
Do I have to pay?
We ask our clients to cover or contribute to the trainers’ travelling expenses. All training is free.
An annual subscription of £26 is asked for to cover admin etc.
If clients are attending the trainer’s class, or a hall has to be hired, then an amount is agreed by all parties to cover costs: e.g. a trainer may have more than one Dog A.I.D. client, so hall hire may be appropriate and split accordingly.
We are pleased to announce that we can now take on clients in the following areas:
Essex - Chelmsford
County Armagh - Craigavon
Perth & Kinross - Brechin
Kent - Tonbridge
Berkshire - Maidenhead
Cumbria - Ulverston
In order for you to be considered you should live within approximately 30 minutes travel of the town, this is to keep the costs of travel and expenses to a minimum. It will be on a ‘first come first served basis’.
The only way to be considered is to complete the form; we will acknowledge receipt by email. This does not guarantee that you will be accepted as an initial assessment of suitability will need to take place.
Completing the form does not mean that you are a client of Dog A.I.D. this will only be possible when all paperwork and assessments have been completed satisfactorily.
We are still recruiting new trainers across the country and will add to the list when we can.