Buddy dogs and companion dogs for children

Due to an overwhelming demand of the buddy dog service, we have had to close the waiting list to new applicants. Our mobility teams continue to provide a range of other services to support children and young people, such as mobility, orientation and independence training and applications for guide dogs for young people. 

Companion dogs for children and young people

As a close companion, buddy dogs not only help foster a sense of responsibility, but provide an invaluable source of support. At Guide Dogs we know the amazing impact a buddy dog can have on children and young people, being by their side throughout life’s ups and downs.

Buddy dogs, or companion dogs, are guide dogs that haven't qualified to work as mobility assistance dogs but can improve the lives of children and young people who are blind or partially sighted by:

  • contributing to sensory and physical development
  • building their confidence and self-esteem
  • countering isolation and depression
  • increasing levels of exercise
  • improving communication skills

In some cases, a buddy dog can also help to assess whether a child or young person with vision impairment could benefit from a guide dog in the future.

Want to know more?

If you’d like to learn more about buddy dogs, please get in touch.

0800 781 1444