Assistance Dogs UK

Assistance Dogs UK is a coalition of eight assistance dog charities. Over 7,000 disabled people in the UK rely on an assistance dog to help with practical tasks - offering emotional support and independence.

ADUK provides excellence in assistance dog training. All ADUK dogs adhere to the highest training and welfare standards as set out by Assistance Dogs International and the International Guide Dogs Federation.
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the member organisations

ADUK recognises that assistance dogs can be trained outside of AD(UK) member organisations and we welcome the current initiative by the Office of Disability issues (DWP) to bring stakeholders together to create a public access test that would be available for both owner-trainer assistance dog partnerships and those trained by non-ADI/IGDF organisations. Read more

COVID-19 Update

Date: 7th April 2020

We understand many of you will be worried about the current situation regarding the global Coronavirus pandemic, and all of us from each member organisation of ADUK hope that you, and those close to you, are keeping safe and well.

Many of you will also have questions and concerns about your assistance dog at this time, especially since the national ‘lockdown’ was announced on 23rd March 2020.

Individual member organisations of ADUK have created guidance and FAQs to help you, and these are being refined and updated as new government guidance is announced. We recommend you get in touch with your contact at the charity which trained and provided your assistance dog if you require any help in understanding the government advice and how it affects your specific situation.

You will find contact details for the seven member charities of ADUK by clicking the ‘Member Organisations’ link above should you need to access advice relevant to the work your assistance dog carries out for you.

Please stay safe and well, and please stay connected from your home with others in your situation if you are able to do so. We hope your assistance dogs are providing you with great companionship and affection at this unique time, as well as carrying out the practical tasks they have been trained to assist you with.

With our kindest wishes,

Assistance Dogs UK