Our new companion dog service offers friendship and emotional support to adults with sight loss and their families. These well-behaved and well-trained dogs can help build your confidence and improve your wellbeing by giving you a reason to get out more. You’ll enjoy the health benefits of a more active lifestyle as well as the unconditional love of one of these wonderful dogs. At present, this service is only available for adults with a vision impairment who have sighted support within the household. 

A companion dog is:

  • A friendly, well-behaved dog
  • Here to help you build confidence and get out more
  • Owned by Guide Dogs (not by you or your family)
  • Looked after and paid for by you and your family, including vets’ bills and insurance

Companion dogs are not the same as guide dogs – you can’t use them for sighted assistance or as a mobility aid. In the same way, you can’t take them to places where a pet dog legally wouldn’t be allowed in. Some places may let them in but it’s their choice – they don’t have to.

Finding you the perfect companion

Learn more about companion dogs from one of our dog partnership experts, Jo Howell. She explains the process of finding an adult with sight loss the perfect companion dog for them, and the impact that match can make on their lives.

I get to see the journey they go on and, if it works out, the difference their companion dog makes.
Jo, Canine Assisted Partnership Specialist

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At Guide Dogs, we are committed to helping people with sight loss live the life they choose. In doing so, we will support the welfare and protection from harm of every person and animal who comes into contact with us.