Am considering applying for myself once we have a permant council h/a sorted as think defintley will help with doing things around the house and out .Rather than getting apuppy hat though i may be able to each it to do some things to help is not allowed to come to shops etc .
Am i right in presuming that dogs for the disabled are allowed in places like guide dogs
any tips advice to consider about getting a dog from here or in genral .Walking wise is not a problem as we are pretty active as a family and for longer days #i use power chair
Legally, unless the premises is a food preparation area, both you and this able-bodied poster may take a dog into a shop or restaurant/cafe/pub etc, regardless of our reason for owing the dog. Anything else is a decision made purely at the whim of the management of the premises, as is his right.
A lot of the time you'll see notices saying "NO DOGS EXCEPT ASSISTANCE DOGS", which would cover your chap too so my guess is that the existance of helper-dogs other than guide dogs for the blind is becoming more widely known now, thankfully.
That aside I'd suggest that you speak to some relevant organisations and some assistance dog owners for tips and advice and practice pointing out what the law says in very firm tones!
Training a puppy can be a PITA for us all, THC. I can only imagine that doing so from a wheelchair would be hard work, frustrating and exhausting but an older dog who was already trained sounds like a great idea.
There are 2 organisations that provide assistant dogs aimed at wheelchair users. Dogs for disabled and canine companions. They come trained (but are still dogs and can be "naughty") you get ongoing trainging support, help towards food costs and vet bills.
Has changed the lives of 2 people I know so go for it
I have been very lucky to be the vet of two dogs for the disabled dogs who have changed their owners lives. They can be trained to perform a wide variety of tasks putting the washing in and out of the machine collecting money from the cash point are just two. One of these dogs even helped her owner meet her now husband .