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Ssangyong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials’ chosen charity for 2018

Dogs for the Disabled - Tue, 2018-06-12 09:35

Dogs for Good has been selected as SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials’ chosen charity for 2018. Dogs for Good is celebrating 30 years of supporting people with complex needs – including physical disabilities, autism, dementia and learning disabilities – enabling them to lead more independent lives through the help of specially-trained dogs.

Dogs for Good’s chief executive, Peter Gorbing said: “We’re honoured to be part of SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials this year and we look forward to speaking to visitors about the work we do.  So many of us have a special connection with animals and, as any dog-lover will know, the power of the human-dog bond is phenomenal.  At Dogs for Good we see that dogs can make an incredible difference to people facing additional challenges, enriching their life and enabling them to enjoy much greater independence.”

Event Director Mandy Hervieu said: “SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials is Oxfordshire’s biggest sporting event, and we are looking forward to welcoming this local charity and lots of good, well-behaved dogs and their owners to the horse trials. Many spectators bring their dogs with them as it’s a great opportunity to have a lovely walk round the course in the fabulous Blenheim parkland, and we hope that the demonstrations will allow our crowds to appreciate the work that Dogs for Good does.”

Dogs for Good staff, volunteers and of course the charity’s wonderful dogs will be at SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials every day of the event (13-16 September) and on Saturday 15 September, the Dogs for Good demonstration team will be showcasing how the charity’s dogs are trained and the specialist help they can give to someone with disabilities.

Visitors to the event can help support Dogs for Good when buying tickets online by making a donation with their purchase and there will also be lots of opportunities to find out about volunteering and other ways to support Dogs for Good during the event.

Regular visitors to the event will notice the addition of a canine-themed Dogs for Good Cross-Country fence and social media followers can chart the progress of event mascot and Dogs for Good’s 30th anniversary puppy, Pearl.

SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials is one of Britain’s most prestigious equestrian events. Its principal classes are the CCI3* and the CIC3* for eight- and nine-year-old horses, featuring many of the best riders in the world. The event also hosts multiple opportunities for amateur riders, including arena eventing classes for individuals and Pony Club and riding club teams, a new Retraining of Racehorses dressage championship and the popular fun ride round the beautiful Blenheim Palace estate.

As well as the sporting action, SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials features excellent, carefully selected, shopping opportunities. There is a full and varied programme in the Attractions Arena every day, superb children’s entertainment and great food, ranging from locally produced outlets to a range of dining packages.

Visit  to book tickets and for further information.

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Midlands Counties Canine Society donates £26,000 to Dogs for Good

Dogs for the Disabled - Tue, 2018-06-05 14:07

Midlands Counties Canine Society (MCCS) has, as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, donated a whopping £26,000 to Dogs for Good, which is proudly celebrating its own 30th anniversary.

The money has been raised from dog show entry fees and fundraising initiatives that MCCS undertook in 2017 and will support the ongoing training and support of 33 Dogs for Good partnerships in Herefordshire, Staffordshire, Salop, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

Since 1988, Dogs for Good has created no less than 875 assistance dog partnerships, helped over 1000 families with a child with autism spectrum condition through its Family Dog workshops, worked with schools and hospitals in the community and been involved in a number of special projects. The MCCS donation will specifically support vital aftercare for assistance dog partnerships in the area including 12 adult physical disability partnerships, 19 autism assistance dog teams and three child physical disability teams for the next year.

“Over the past 30 years, we’ve seen demand for our services reach the point where they’re now at an all-time high and thus donations such as this incredibly generous one from our friends at MCCS are vital to ensure that we’re able to continue providing services to those that desperately need them,” says Dogs for Good Chief Executive, Peter Gorbing.  “Our warmest thanks go to everyone who shows their dogs through MCCS as we know that this donation has come from a very wide collection of people.”

MCCS and Dogs for Good have enjoyed a close association spanning more than 10 years with the charity coming to the attention of MCCS by way of Crufts’ first-ever ‘Friends for Life’ award in 2006, which was won by a Dogs for Good children’s disability partnership.

Chairman of Midland Counties Canine Society, Robert Greaves comments, “MCCS celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and has supported Dogs for Good for many years; something we’ll continue to do.  The work the charity undertakes clearly demonstrates the power of dogs in our society and we have seen the benefits of this first hand”.

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Calling all dogs! Take your owner to the park on 16th June!

Dogs for the Disabled - Fri, 2018-06-01 10:49

Banbury-based charity, Dogs for Good, is putting the final touches in place to its annual, free-to-enter summer Fun Day event at Stoneleigh Park on 16th June.

As ever, the spirit of the event focuses on the powerful human–dog bond and a fun-packed day is promised to all comers – both two and four-legged.  Gates are open from 11am until 3pm and there will be plenty to see and do in both indoor and outdoor arenas.

To mark its 30th anniversary, Dogs for Good has this year secured an RAF Flypast which will be a thrilling treat for all attending.  The Douglas C-47 Dakota, part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, is a sought-after display aircraft and will be flying overhead at 13.45hrs.

In addition, a packed programme of fun things to do and see ensures that all attending will have a fabulous day out:

Dogs for Good Demonstration – have you ever seen a dog help someone get in or out of bed?  Pick up a phone or remote control? Push buttons or pull open doors?  Dogs for Good’s dedicated team of talented trainers demonstrate how they direct their clever assistance dogs to do all this and more.

Police Dog Demonstration –West Midlands Police Dog Team never fail to impress and wow the crowd as they set their dogs to hunt down evidence of a crime and restrain fictitious attackers.  They’ll also be on the look out for anyone with their paws in the treat jar!

Fun Dog Show – focusing on fun, this is a dog show with a difference.  Categories include Cutest Puppy, Most Handsome Dog and Waggiest Tail!  To enter, just register your dog with a member of Dogs for Good staff on the day.

Dog Agility and Flyball – just for the thrill of it, bring your dog along and see how he/she fares around the fun-packed course.

Kids Zone –somewhere for the children to let off steam with activities including face-painting, crafting and the wonderful Splats Circus Workshops.  What’s not to love?

SportsZone – a firm favourite year after year is the SportsZone where disability sports instructors are on hand to help adults and children try out a range of different activities – whether you have a disability or not.

Falconry Display – Fir Tree Falconry once again bring along a selection of beautiful birds of prey including a Hawk Owl, a Kestrel, a Harris Hawk and an Indian Eagle Owl for an up close and personal experience.

Craft Fair – perfect for a bit of a browse with lots of handmade crafts and goodies for sale.

Dogs for Good relies upon fundraising, donations and volunteers to continue its innovative work exploring the ways dogs can help people with disabilities overcome specific challenges and enrich and improve lives and communities.  As such, while the Fun Day is free to attend, the charity suggests a £3.00 donation for car parking and respectfully encourages visitors to give a voluntary donation for activities they take part in.

Find out more about the Fun Day.

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Dogs for Good to feature on BBC Lifeline Appeal

Dogs for the Disabled - Tue, 2018-05-08 13:47

Dogs for Good will feature on the BBC Lifeline Appeal on Sunday 13th May.  The film will be aired on BBC 1 at 14.15 hrs and then repeated on BBC 2 on Wednesday 16th at 13.00 hrs.

Our presenter for the appeal is Chris Packham who, as a big dog-lover himself, totally understands the power of the human-dog bond.

The film will feature three of our amazing clients – Jacqui and her beloved Duke (pictured); Samuel and the beautiful Heather and finally, the incredible pairing of Joel and Caddie.

Find out more about our appeal.

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Dogs for Good launches ‘Power of Dogs’ events

Dogs for the Disabled - Thu, 2018-04-12 14:19

With 8.5 million pet dogs curling up at their owners’ feet and 24% of the country’s households owning one or more dogs, the UK’s dog-loving denizens prove, without a doubt, that canine companions hold a very special place in the nation’s hearts.

There’s nothing a dog-lover likes more than to talk about their four-legged friend, so, as part of its 30th anniversary celebrations, Dogs for Good is running a series of four inspirational evening events focusing on the phenomenal Power of Dogs.

The events comprise short, powerful talks from well-known celebrities such as Brian Blessed and Peter Purves, as well as respected academics, veterinary behaviour experts, photographers, authors and Dogs for Good Chief Executive, Peter Gorbing. All events aim to provide an interesting insight, from different viewpoints, into all that canine companions bring to the lives of humans.

Dogs for Good is a UK charity that brings dogs and people together to help overcome specific challenges and enrich and improve the lives of both. The charity uses a range of different approaches, including highly trained dogs (Assistance Dog service), support to families and their companion dogs (Family Dog service) and therapeutic support using animal assisted intervention techniques (Community Dog service).

Peter Gorbing comments: “It is this special human-dog bond that opens up so many possibilities and positively influences the health and wellbeing of both people and their dogs. Although our focus is on supporting people with disabilities, our ideas and approaches to supporting dogs and people is highly relevant and applicable to the wider dog-owning public.”

A study recently carried out by the University of Lincoln, supported by Dogs for Good, found that dogs are saving the UK health sector an estimated £2.45bn a year; primarily the result of fewer visits to the doctor and improved mental wellbeing.

In a recent survey carried out by Dogs for Good dog owners were asked to comment on how their dog had contributed to their overall health and happiness. Respondents attributed their dog to helping them cope with some of life’s greatest challenges including dealing with the loss of a loved one, helping to cope with depression and anxiety and supporting people through cancer. One respondent, who had experienced levels of severe depression in their life said: “Our dog is a constant reminder that for all the sadness in the world, life really is wonderful and precious.”

The talks all run from 7pm through to 9pm and start off in Oxford on 24th May. Manchester follows on 6th June, then London on 31st October and finally, Cambridge on 15th November. Tickets cost £10 each and all proceeds will go to support Dogs for Good’s life-changing work.

Tickets are available online for Oxford and Manchester now – click here to book.

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Dogs for Good promotes Easter fun – without chocolate!

Dogs for the Disabled - Wed, 2018-03-28 13:52

Incr(edible) news… Easter fun is achievable without the need for chocolate! This is great news for dogs because while chocolate is a sweet treat for humans it poses a life-threatening risk to dogs.

Elly White from our Health and Welfare team says“For any dog, eating chocolate is a big no-no as they can’t digest it in the way that humans can. Toxins build up in their liver and at the very least, it can make them very, very poorly; at worst, it can be fatal.  However, there are plenty of things you can do and make this Easter to have some fun together and above all, keep your dog safe!”

Easter Carrot Hunt: Make like the Easter Bunny and swap chocolate eggs for carrots to ensure that your dog doesn’t miss out on an exciting game of hide and seek “A good run around is what dogs love most and having some healthy carrot treats to sniff out and eat will make it extra special!” says Elly. Watch our film to see our Dogs for Good mascot and Dogs for Good pals, Denby, Quill and Digby showing you exactly how much fun can be achieved on a carrot hunt!

Easter Biscuit Bakes: Dogs for Good’s very own Mary Barky (aka volunteer, Andrea) has loads of yummy dog-biscuit recipes and they couldn’t be easier to make.  Find Andrea’s recipe here.

Walk it off: If you’ve over-indulged on too many Easter treats, the best way to work off a) the sugar rush and b) the extra calories is to go on a lovely long, spring walk with your dog, friends and family.  Whether it’s the local park or you get in the car and go further afield, your dog isn’t going to complain.  Remember to take a towel to clean off any muddy paws!

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Chris Packham highlights the importance of dogs during World Autism Awareness Week

Dogs for the Disabled - Wed, 2018-03-28 12:45

As part of our focus on World Autism Awareness Week we were thrilled that Chris Packham today reinforced his belief in the power of the human-dog bond; tweeting his support for our innovative work.

When the world is difficult to process having a friend who offers unconditional , judgement-free love and devotion can calm even the busiest of minds. Owning dogs has brought huge benefits to my life and the work that @DogsForGoodUK does is something I’m very supportive of

— Chris Packham (@ChrisGPackham) March 28, 2018

Judging by the huge number of responses, his views echo the feelings and opinions of many dog owners…

My best friend who is there for me unconditionally, helps me through my anxiety and the days when I feel I can’t go on.

— Emma Harnett (@EmHarnett) March 28, 2018

“SO true. I have two dogs that I adopted, and one of them is extremely therapeutic for my seven year who has sensory and behavioural issues. There’s never been a love like this”


“we just got our first dog, best thing we’ve done since kids. I wasn’t prepared for this much love & even though he’s only 6 months, he has helped me mentally and physically. Unconditional love without judgement”

Find out more about the different ways dogs help adults and children with autism and read first-hand accounts of how dogs have changed the lives.



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1,000 families with a child with autism helped by Dogs for Good

Dogs for the Disabled - Sun, 2018-03-25 09:00

Today marks the start of World Autism Awareness Week which runs until 2nd April 2018. Over the course of this week, Dogs for Good is celebrating a truly amazing achievement; helping over 1000 families with a child with autism spectrum condition, through its Family Dog workshops.

Launched in 2010, the workshops were developed to help share the charity’s extensive knowledge and expertise of training dogs to help families with a child with an autism diagnosis.

The workshops provide training and guidance to parents, giving them the information and confidence they need to successfully source, select, handle and train a pet dog specifically to respond to the needs of a child with autism, and thereby enabling the whole family to benefit from the unique support a well-trained dog can bring.

Autism affects some 700,000 people in the UK and, if you add other family members into the equation, the condition touches the lives of an estimated 2.8 million people.

Research has shown that the families Dogs for Good have worked with have seen lowered parental stress, go out more together, and children on the autism spectrum experience fewer meltdowns as a result of their pet dog. Read more about the research project findings.

Sally is mum to Damien and says: “During the three workshops, I learned so much; more than I’d ever thought possible, really. Everything the training team said made perfect sense and I came away from the first workshop really excited and with far more knowledge about how a dog can benefit a child with autism as well as the wider family.

“We worked with the workshop demonstration dogs, Fidget and Siren to try out our training learnings and on the second or third session, a Dogs for Good client brought in her assistance dog so we could see exactly what benefit her dog was to her. It was an invaluable experience.” Read Sally’s story.

Workshops are now open for parents/carers to book a place. View workshop dates and locations.

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Innovative partnership between Dogs for Good and Bracknell Forest showcased at Crufts

Dogs for the Disabled - Mon, 2018-03-12 12:46

A ground-breaking partnership between Dogs for Good and Bracknell Forest Council was showcased at Crufts as part of the charity’s milestone year celebrating 30 years of transforming the lives of adults and children with disabilities.

In addition to assistance dog partnerships, Dogs for Good has led the way in developing how dogs can help people with additional needs.  In order to help more people and recognising that not everyone is able to benefit from the help of a dog 24:7, the charity now provides Animal Assisted Intervention (AAI) dogs that work with specialist handlers in settings such as hospitals, schools and social care settings.  Through this work, Dogs for Good supports people with a wide range of conditions including learning disabilities, dementia, physical disabilities and autism.

Bracknell Forest Council partnered with the charity in 2017 with the aim of providing intervention sessions with a specially trained dog for people with learning disabilities or autism.

Cllr Dale Birch, executive member for adult services, health and housing at Bracknell Forest Council said “By working with Dogs for Good, we have been able to transform the lives of people with learning disabilities or autism, enabling them to independently carry out tasks they were unable to do before, such as crossing a road by themselves, using public transport or socialising in group environments.”

“It is fascinating to hear how the specialist team have enabled some of our most vulnerable people to learn new or adapted behaviours with a little help from man’s best friend. I am looking forward to seeing the project progress to allow us to support more people to get the best out of life.”

Find out more about the last 30 years of Dogs for Good.

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Channel Four showcases Dogs for Good Dementia Dog project

Dogs for the Disabled - Thu, 2018-03-08 13:12

The extraordinary and unique Dementia Dog project – a collaboration between Dogs for Good and Alzheimer Scotland – is to be featured as part of this year’s Channel Four Crufts TV coverage.

The project demonstrates how specially trained dogs have the power to change people’s lives for the better and the film Channel Four has compiled will go to air on Friday 9th March at 20.15 hrs on Channel Four.

The film interviews Imke and Malcolm who have been partnered with dementia assistance dog, Webb, since November 2017.  Webb is trained to fetch medicine packs, respond to alarms and works on a dual lead which affords both Imke and Malcolm the ability to take Webb for a walk together and thus the confidence to get out and about in their community.

Funded through the National Lottery, the Dementia Dog project runs from Scottish Prison Service (SPS) Castle Huntley near Dundee and will see eight dementia assistance dogs trained to support the needs of couples where one person has early stage dementia.

What makes this project particularly special is how Webb was trained. Although he was socialised and commenced his early training at Dogs for Good’s national training centre in Banbury, he was one of three dogs initially selected to be travel to Scotland to be trained as a dementia assistance dog.  His training then was transferred to a Dogs for Good instructor, who works with students from SPS Castle Huntly, where he learnt the specific skills to support someone with dementia.

SPS Castle Huntly is an open prison and prisoners coming to the end of their sentence can choose to learn about dog welfare and training which then helps them develop life-skills and achieve qualifications as part of their rehabilitation in preparation for their return into the community.

The Dementia Dog project will run until autumn 2019 and Dogs for Good Chief Executive, Peter Gorbing says:

“I never fail to be amazed by how dogs can make life-changing differences to people with physical disabilities and the dementia assistance dogs we train are just as extraordinary.  A dementia diagnosis is devastating for individuals, their partners and family members, and I’ve spoken to clients who have said that the arrival of an assistance dog in their lives brought them and their loved ones back together, creating happy memories and helping them  deal positively with all the challenges they face.”

Find out more about the Dementia Dog project

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Maria describes her Ecuador earthquake horror – pinned to the ground by a fallen fridge. Now homeless for a second time due to natural disasters, her simple plea is ‘I need help’

Shelterbox News - Wed, 2016-05-11 00:00

For Maria Bele Artiaga, a wife and mother in her 50s, the massive earthquake that ripped much of Ecuador apart on 16 April was her second brush with natural disaster. She vividly describes her narrow escapes to ShelterBox responders, there to help Ecuadorians recover and rebuild.

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ShelterBox on top of the world - intrepid Brian Jackson almost completes his unclimbed Himalayan peaks adventure – beaten back by glacier and weather

Shelterbox News - Mon, 2016-05-09 00:00

ShelterBox fundraiser Brian Jackson may have fallen just short of standing on the summit of Om Tso Go in Nepal, but he still ‘got to walk where no person has walked before and see views no person has seen before’

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Syrian Kamounia camp bombing. UK aid agency ShelterBox – ‘The most inhuman act to use women and children fleeing war as military targets’

Shelterbox News - Fri, 2016-05-06 00:00

While the UN decides whether to classify an air strike on a makeshift camp for displaced people in northern Syria as a war crime, UK agency ShelterBox condemns the targeting of families on the run from war

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Soldiers will cycle and swim to Paris for ShelterBox – without ever leaving Rutland!

Shelterbox News - Fri, 2016-04-29 00:00

Next Wednesday soldiers from 7 Regiment Royal Logistics Corps have set themselves the gruelling task of cycling and swimming the equivalent distance from their barracks to Paris - over 380 miles.

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Just two days left to win Isle of Wight Festival VIP glamping tickets. – As the outdoor festival season begins, ShelterBox urges you to ‘love your tent’

Shelterbox News - Thu, 2016-04-28 00:00

Of course ShelterBox loves tents. And so do the one million people we have helped to shelter after disaster. But now, as a summer of music festivals gets underway, we have joined a national campaign to make sure festival-goers and campers leave sites pitch perfect

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Ecuador’s shelter and water crisis – ‘The situation is much worse than we had anticipated.’ ShelterBox team sees children begging in the streets with empty water bottles, and fields suffocated by ‘black water’

Shelterbox News - Wed, 2016-04-27 00:00

There is a new urgency in the aid programme for the coastal communities of Ecuador following the massive earthquake on 16 April. Flooding had already poisoned crops around Portoviejo, and infrastructure damage has now left families without safe drinking water

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‘The magnetism that draws you back’ - A message from Nepal to ShelterBox from supporter Deborah Holden, one year after Everest’s most deadly day

Shelterbox News - Sun, 2016-04-24 00:00

While her sister Amanda decides the fate of contestants on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, ShelterBox supporter Deborah Holden has returned to the scene of her narrowest escape. It is one year on from the deadly earthquake that triggered an Everest avalanche. She says, ‘Not coming back to Nepal was never an option’.

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ShelterBox team in Ecuador traveling to quake zone to assess need. Thunderstorms, landslides, continuing tremors, impassable roads - all challenge the search for the missing

Shelterbox News - Sat, 2016-04-23 00:00

As the death toll rises and disease fears grow, UK disaster relief agency ShelterBox is talking to government officials and colleague aid agencies about how, and where, to respond most effectively to shelter needs. A team is visiting the worst affected areas.

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As liberation anniversary approaches a moving personal account of life in Dachau concentration camp is published, supporting ShelterBox

Shelterbox News - Fri, 2016-04-22 00:00

ShelterBox often sees life in the raw - after disasters, in war zones, transit camps and in the plight of refugees. Now the UK charity is set to benefit from sales of a moving personal account of life in a Nazi concentration camp in WW2. It is a remarkable read.

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UK disaster relief agency ShelterBox sends a team to Ecuador as quake death toll rises. Heavy rains and landslides hamper rescue efforts

Shelterbox News - Mon, 2016-04-18 00:00

The Ecuador government has now officially called for international aid following the country’s worst earthquake for 37 years, and Cornwall-based ShelterBox is sending in a team to work in partnership with other shelter providers. But many of the worst-affected rural communities are hard to reach, and aftershocks and landslides are a constant fear.

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