In this video, we visit Canine Partners to find out the assessment process that an assistance dog will go through before being ready to help their disabled partners.
CEO Andy Cook talks us through the different kinds of assessment that are undertaken. Prospective puppies and rescue dogs are assessed before any training takes place to ensure they have the correct temperament to be a Canine Partner. Ongoing assessment throughout the 'puppy walking' phase, ensures that the training is on track or prompts a change in training to nip any potential problems in the bud. The specific needs of the new owner are assessed in association with their support team to ensure that training will be appropriately tailored. Finally, before the advanced training takes place, at the end of the 'puppy walking' phase, the dog has a final character and physical assessment to help to ensure they will be appropriate for the task.
To find out more about this amazing charity please also watch our overview of Canine Partners
article, also featuring Andy Cook.