We will shortly be opening our first UK branch of Service Dogs Europe in London.
Our London branch will be opening at the end of May 2014 and will be of great help to those in the UK who have already received one of our service dogs and those who will be receiving one in the future.
The aim of opening our UK branch is to assist those in need of a service dog to receive one without the expense or worry of having to leave the UK and travel to our head office in Ireland.
We understand the difficulties travel presents to some and with our new branch we hope to reduce this greatly.
How Does It Work?
Once you have been accepted onto one of our service dog programmes we will arrange a date for you to collect your service puppy from us. We will then arrange 3 training courses during the year which will take place in your local area by dog trainers approved by us.
The first of these 3 courses will take place in your own home within the first few days of placement to show you how to look after your puppy and guide you both on the correct path.
When the puppy reaches 16 weeks of age you and your puppy will need to attend an obedience and socialsation course. This course is usually one hour per week for 4-6 weeks. These classes will be in your own home town area, with a trainer approved by us. The cost of this course is covered by us.
When the puppy reaches 32 weeks of age they will need to undergo further obedience training. This again will be with a local trainer in your own home area who is approved by us. The cost of this course is also covered by us.
Your Training At The 16+32 Week Stage.
During the puppies training you will also attend the classes with your puppy and be shown how to handle him/her in regards to obedience etc.
We will only require you to return your service puppy to us when they are 12 months old to undergo specialised service dog training which take’s 7 weeks. We arrange and pay for the service puppy/dogs transportation back to us. You can of course also bring your dog back here yourself if prefered. When the puppy/dog has finished the 7 week training course we will return him/her to you and you will then be required to attend a 3-5 day training course with us at our training facility in London.
Depending on who the service dog is for, we will now train either you, the parent, the child or the parent and the child together in hоw tо work wіth thе dog аѕ а team. If the service dog is for your child and your child cannot attend the training that is fine so long as the dogs main carer is here.
This training consists of task training specific to your needs along with public access training where we will bring you and your service dog to the local towns and shopping centres and also get you familiar with using public transport.
During the first year, those on our puppy programme are responsible for taking our puppies out in public in their service dog jacket to expose them to unfamiliar environments such as shopping centres, cinemas, parks, playgrounds, buses, trains, and also around people of different ages, and other animals, etc. It is critical that the puppies are exposed to the sights, sounds and smells they will encounter as service dogs. You are also responsible for maintaining the puppies’ health care by scheduling and transporting the puppy to your local vet for routine veterinary appointments.
Once you have filled out the relevent enquiry form, we have spoken with you over the phone and we believe we are able to help you, we will then require you to email us confirmation of a diagnosis from your G.P. or Hospital we will then be in a postition to offer you a service puppy/dog. You will receive your service puppy aged 8-12 weeks. Your service puppy will have had the first vaccinations and possibly the second including the kennel cough vaccine.
All of our dogs are highly trained to the standards laid down by the most respected assistance dog organisation, the ADEu ( Assistance Dogs Europe ) using the same principles of care and training.
Cost. We ask all those requiring a service puppy to raise €3950 + Vat, this will cover the cost of the puppy, all training required, vaccinations and service dog certification. This fee can come from personal funds, through family, friends or fundraising. This fee is split into 2 payments over the course of the year.
Fundraising. Do You Require Help Fundraising? Wе hаvе teamed uр wіth www.mycharity.ie tо provide help wіth аn easy means оf fundraising fоr уоur nеw service puppy/dog. This fundraising facility is available to everyone no matter what country you live in. Click Here For Details
Alot of training, housing and veterinary care is invested in each dog. Even then not all dogs will become service dogs, yet the cost of our time and resources remain fixed. Service Dogs Europe do not receive government funding: we fund this programme ourselves through the placement of our service dogs and help from local businesses with dog food, accessories, fundraisers and volunteers
Wе hаvе а lifetime commitment tо еасh recipient аnd еасh dog thаt wе place.
Onсе уоu аnd уоur dog hаvе graduated wе maintain contact tо insure thаt уоur dog’s training аnd assistance remains іn tact, thаt thе dog remains healthy аnd happy, аnd thаt thе dog іѕ improving уоur quality оf life.