Buddy dogs

Rainbow and his Buddy Dog Drake enjoy a day at the beach

Buddy dogs start their training to become guide dogs but for various reasons are withdrawn from the training programme. They can still play a vital role in improving the quality of life of young people with sight loss.

Buddy dogs can help children and young people with sight loss to improve their learning and development as well as enhance their confidence and self-esteem so that they become more active and mobile.

Buddy dogs are placed with a young person and their family or within a school environment.

Buddy dogs also give children and young people the opportunity to experience the responsibility of caring for a dog, and can help us assess if a guide dog could help them in the future.

There are 100 buddy dog partnerships in place.