The Buddy Dog service is aimed towards families who have a child or children with a visual impairment. A buddy dog is a dog from our Guide Dog stock who isn’t suitable to be a Guide Dog. It is a dog to enable children and young people with a vision-impairment (and their families) to enjoy the benefits and friendship of a well-behaved dog. Having a buddy dog builds confidence, leading to better relationships with others, improved well-being, and a sense of fun and trust – both in themselves and in their dog. A buddy dog is not a mobility aid and therefore will not have the same automatic right of access as a guide dog.
The service consists of information and experience sessions prior to application for the family to ensure the service is right for them, group training about how to look after a dog, expert matching of the dog and family and continued support once the dog has been placed with the family.
We are now taking bookings for this service in Scotland, If you are aware of families who would be interested in the service, please advise them to phone our Advice Line on0800 781 1444. Through this, they will be able to go through some initial eligibility questions and book onto the Buddy Dog Discovery Day. Please note that workshops are currently taking place in Forfar therefore families must be prepared to travel to these centers.
We are excited to be able to offer this service and be able to help more families who are affected by visual impairments. We would appreciate it if you could share this information with families who you feel might be interested in the service. Our first Forfar workshop is being held on Thursday 13th February 2020, 10am – 4pm.
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