Dogs for the Disabled dogs are specially trained to assist physically disabled children and adults to carry out a range of practical tasks and to provide stability when needed. Each dog is trained to cater for the needs of their specific partner to enable them to live life with greater independence. See what our amazing dogs can do!
Lauryn and Assistance Dog Graham
This video shows Lauryn’s first steps unaided as she learns to walk with the help of her assistance dog Graham in her first training session with Dogs for the Disabled’s Jennifer Dowler, and their increasing confidence as they take on the streets of Cork and a busy shopping mall!
Lauryn and I travelled back to Cork in December 2014; we met with Jennifer and began a gruelling week of training. Lauryn took her first steps, unaided, with only the support of her best friend Graham. It was magic in the making. My little girl was WALKING.
Lauryn now walks to school and back most days, an average of 1 mile a day, she’s getting stronger, her heels are getting closer to the ground. Most of all she’s happy, and proud. Lauryn has astounded her teachers and Physiotherapist with her new ability.
Paul and Assistance Dog Feebie
Feebie is a stability and task dog paired with Paul, who has Ataxia and is a Dogs for the Disabled ambassador. Feebie helps Paul to walk and to get out and about together, and this video shows the variety of tasks Feebie assists with.
Feebie and I have only been together for a short time but has already she made a huge impact in my life. I can’t imagine her not being there.
Darragh and Assistance Dog Fenton
Darragh had one wish and and that was to be able to walk. Prior to training with Fenton, Darragh relied on his wheelchair and walker to get around. During his training with Fenton he walked as much as he did in his life time. It is not easy for Darragh to walk but he is an extremely determined young man.
Fenton helps me to get to places I could never go with my wheelchair. He helps me keep up with my exercise and every day we walk a bit further. Fenton is my best friend.
Lyn and Assistance Dog Fern
Lyn is a wheelchair user who is partnered with Fern. Fern has been trained as a task dog to open doors, retrieve items and help Lyn to live more independently when at home and when out and about with Fern.
Fern is not just a fantastic worker she is also a wonderful companion. She is full of personality and has made our home a much happier place. I now couldn’t imagine life without my amazing Fern!