Buddy dogs for children

Our Buddy Dog service creates partnerships that 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.


The application process for a buddy dog includes three workshops, which are currently being run in:

  • Forfar
  • Belfast
  • Leamington Spa
  • Redbridge

Two of these workshops are for parents only and one is for the family as a whole. You will, therefore, need to be able to travel to one of these locations to apply.

If you live outside of these areas then please contact us in August 2020, when we will be looking to roll the service out in other areas.

A buddy dog is not an assistance dog and therefore doesn't have the same automatic right of access as a guide dog. 

Want to know more?

If you're interested in the buddy dog service and live in the Midlands, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the South East, get in touch.

0800 781 1444