Assistance Dog Programme
We train Assistance Dogs to support the families of children with autism.
Applications for our 2022 Assistance Dog Programme waiting list are now closed.
Details of future list openings will be available on our social media channels and on our website.
Bringing an Assistance Dog into your home is a wonderful and life-changing addition to your family. An Assistance Dog is also a big responsibility, in particular early in the relationship, to ensure the match between your child and the dog is a success.
"Before we got Toby, Conor was a flight risk. He had no safety awareness at all so we originally applied for an Assistance Dog from a safety point of view.
What we got was so much more. Toby is Conor’s best friend." - Gillian Lynch, Assistance Dog Owner
Mum Trish, son Conor and Assistance Dog Quelda at the park
Residential Training Programme
Our 1-week residential Training Programme at our National Training Centre in Cork will provide you with coaching on day to day life living and working with an Assistance Dog. You will learn canine body language, how to care for the dog's physical and emotional welfare, how to continue their training and how to work as a team with your child.