Equality News Update: The Courier: Dynamic doggy duo are ready to transform lives of families living with dementia

A project which trains dogs to help families coping with dementia is hoping to find homes for two of its star pupils.

The Dementia Dog Project run by Alzheimer Scotland and Dogs for Good trains dogs to help with a range of specialist tasks, from retrieving medication to helping wake someone up to get dressed and can help with getting out and about in the local community.

Now, after two years of intensive training, dynamic Labrador duo Lenny and Hope have the skills to help enhance the quality of life for people living with early-stage dementia.

A drop-in session in Kirkcaldy on Monday will allow prospective candidates to meet the dogs and discuss the possibility of using their services.

Project Manager Fiona Corner said: “It is wonderful to see the incredible impact these dogs can have for the people they go on to live with and support. We are now keen to hear from couples and families who would like to apply for one of these specially trained dogs.

“We are welcoming enquiries from people living throughout central Scotland. We are looking for people who are in the early stages of dementia and living at home with a full-time carer, have a fenced garden and love dogs. You don’t need to have previously owned a dog in order to apply. These highly trained dogs are provided free of charge, with support and training provided through the Dementia Dog Project.”

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