Canine Partners

Published on 06 February 2017

Canine Partners

On 24th January Year 9 were treated to a very  special assembly from Canine Partners. Canine Partners is a registered charity that transforms the lives of people with physical disabilities by partnering them with assistance dogs. These specially trained animals bring a greater independence and quality of life to their partners, offering security, companionship, and practical help with everyday household tasks.

Of course for people to benefit fully from these dogs they have to go through a specialist two-year training programme, which begins from selection at seven to eight weeks old. They then spend time with a volunteer in their home who will train them on basic obedience, social skills and the core tasks of touching, tugging and retrieving which are essential before they move on to advanced training. Following this intensive work they are then carefully matched with a disabled person.        

As part of this assembly students were told all about this programme but also Granger, a black Labrador demonstrated what he was able to do much to the delight of the students and adults alike. It really was wonderful to see what such an amazing training programme can do to support  disabled adults with basic day to day skills that many of us take for granted.

At the end of the assembly many students came down to the front to speak to the volunteer trainers and of course to pet the star of the show, Granger the dog. We would very much like  to thank Canine Partners for taking the time to share with our students the valuable work they are doing to support adults in our community with  disabilities.

Mrs Beckwith

Director of Year 9