We train Assistance Dogs to support the families of children with autism
Our Assistance Dogs may help to control and improve the behaviour of a child with autism by promoting calmness and acting as a safety aid to the parents.
With the help of our dogs, family outings may become less stressful as our dogs allow families to enjoy greater freedom and mobility.
Our dogs were first trained as a safety aid to prevent a child bolting. Since then we have found benefits which can include:
greater aptitude for learning;
improved participation in social activities;
improved communication skills; and
a greater sense of responsibility and improved confidence.
"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
Applications for our Assistance Dog Programme are now closed.
It is our intention to open the list on an annual basis. Details of future list openings will be available on our social media channels and here on our website.
If you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
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.