Training and assignement of dogs

Assistance dogs are specifically trained to support individuals with special needs, helping them to regain autonomy. They assist adults and children with illnesses and disabilities with everyday activities, while also offering them moral support and enhancing their social experience by fostering their interactions with their environment.

By training our assistance dogs around the specific needs of our beneficiaries, we can ensure that the latter get the maximum benefit from our programme.

The training of an assistance dog follow a thorough path over a period of 18 to 24 months.

Path

From their birth to their assignment, assistance dogs follow a thorough path.

  • Acquisition of two-month-old puppies from dog breeding programmes, after careful selection of the breeds according to the required characteristics and abilities
  • Placement in foster families for an initial education and socialisation period of 12 to 15 months
  • Placement in specialised centres to undergo a 6 month- long training program designed around the beneficiary’s specific needs (duration depends on each dog’s maturity level)
  • Training of the beneficiary person (approximately 2 weeks)
  • Assignment of the trained dog to the beneficiary person
  • Regular follow-up of the duo

Our dogs are assigned at no cost to individuals they will truly benefit hence enabling them to enjoy a better quality of life.

Raising awareness

We raise public awareness regarding the benefits of using assistance dogs that allow people with special needs to be better integrated into society. We communicate to change perceptions of disabled people, and also of the role played by assistance dogs.

Fostering greater tolerance and community spirit

Advocacy

We promote the contribution and image of assistance dogs and undertake lobbying activities towards national and European authorities to have them recognized as auxiliary caregiving aides.

We advocate for unlimited access to all public places and transportation means and for a better social insurance coverage. We also intend to collaborate with government bodies on the creation of a Swiss and European assistance dog certification scheme.

For a greater recognition of assistance dogs

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