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A collaboration between Alzheimer Scotland and Dogs for Good, the Dementia Dog project harnesses the power of dogs to enable people affected by dementia to live with more confidence, independence, and joy.


Dementia Dogs

We are excited to announce we are now opening enquiries for our Dementia Assistance Dog service, with plans to fully train and place a dog later this year to be matched with a family who live in mainland Scotland. Applicants needs to be at a mild stage of dementia and live at home with a full-time unpaid carer.  

Dementia Assistance Dogs are specially trained dogs; these dogs carry full public access rights and are trained to offer practical task support, act as a social connector in the community and are a constant loving companion. They also support to improve confidence, motivation, a sense of purpose and a bit of fun in their family’s life. 


Hope was matched and placed with John and Ann in January 2019. John, who is full-time carer for his wife Ann, says “We wouldn’t want to have our family without Hope - she adds to the pleasure we have!”

Their daughter Claire, adds “Dogs are one of the best ways to receive therapy. I can agree first-hand after seeing how Hope has changed my parents’ lives. She gives mum a sense of security and purpose. People are often stopping you in the street for a wee chat. The dog opens conversations with people.” 

Photograph of John, Ann, and Hope

Nadia Sutherland, Dementia Specialist from the Dementia Dog Project said:

"It is amazing to see the difference these dogs can make for families living with dementia. If you love dogs and meet our criteria, we encourage you to get in touch by registering your interest."

Invitations are now open for enquiries, if you would like to register your interest, please visit our website