Disability assistance Support Dogs’ aim is to improve the quality of life and independence of people with a wide range of physical disabilities by training their own pet dog as a disability assistance dog. Our disability assistance dogs are trained to assist and support their owners by carrying out tasks which are specifically tailored to their needs, for example: Opening and closing doors Picking up objects Raising the alarm Dressing and undressing Operating control buttons Loading and unloading the washing machine Support Dogs also facilitate greater confidence for a more active life and vital social interaction. An assistance dog is often often a catalyst for conversation, meeting new people and increasing their owner’s interaction with their community. This further increases confidence and self-esteem. This increased independence also has a positive impact on our clients’ relationships with friends and family members. It often releases family members from their roles as primary carers and in many cases can enable them and the client to return to paid employment. Please note: We normally train dogs aged between 1 and 3 years. Sadly due to the impact of the Covid pandemic we are currently dealing with a huge backlog of applications and so currently can only accept new applications for dogs aged between one and two years of age. We of course aim to increase this as our resources and capacity allow.How to apply Please download and read our disability assistance information pack This provides information to enable you to assess whether you are eligible to apply. To apply for this programme you must first attend an information day at our training centre in Sheffield. The information day is the first step in our application and assessment process. This is an opportunity for you to find out more about Support Dogs and how the programme can support you and for us to find out more about you and your dog.Information days are held once or twice per year and have a very limited number of spaces. Please click here to register your interest in attending an information day. Once we have a date confirmed for the next information day you will then receive an email alert which will enable you to apply for a space. These spaces are allocated on a first come first served basis for those that meet the programme criteria. Please note it is essential that you attend our information day as you will be given information about the next stages of the application and assessment process and those that are eligible and suitable for the programme will be moved onto the next stage of the process. They will be given an application form to complete after the information day. Throughout the day there will be group presentations as well as an opportunity to speak to our team one to one. You are welcome to bring someone with you, we will provide lunch and refreshments and our building is fully accessible. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the programme on 0114 261 7800. Read more stories about our life-changing work.