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An assistance dog for you?

Are you confined to a wheelchair and have an interest in obtaining an assistance dog from our school? Anyone with a mobility impairment who wants to make a significant improvement to their quality of life with the help of an assistance dog can register with us.

 

Get in contact with us. Simone Ruscher, division head assistance dogs, would be delighted to welcome you on a personal consultation visit to our school.

 

telephone: +41 (61) 487 95 95

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Simone Ruscher, division head assistance dogs
Simone Ruscher, division head assistance dogs

link to the leaflet on «Assistenzhunde» (in German)

The route to obtaining an assistance dog

Consultation visit to the school

After an initial contact has been made, we will invite you on a personal consultation visit to Allschwil, where we can show you round the school and explain how an assistance dog can help a person with a mobility impairment. This will allow both you and us to gain an overall picture of the potential opportunities and requirements on both sides.

 

If it is in the interest of both sides that we should work further together, we would like to visit you in your own home.

Clarification of your living and working circumstances

We will visit you in your normal environment so that we can get an impression of your day-to-day routine, as well as the way in which a future assistance dog might carry out its work and the opportunities for it to run free.

 

If this clarification process produces positive results on both sides, the next step will be a two-day information course at your home.

Information course at your home

The instructor and a dog in training will visit you for one to two days in your own surroundings. The practical experience that you gain with the dog under the direction of the instructor will give you a definite idea of how it would feel to live and work with an assistance dog. You will take care of the dog and feed it, take it for a walk, play with it, go through various exercises and possibly spend a night with the dog. If so, the instructor will spend the night in a nearby hotel and be available to help you at all times.

 

In the subsequent discussion, we will talk about the experience you have gained in this way and speak together about the way forward in future.

 

If the results for all the investigations are positive, the essential foundations are all present for the selection of a suitable dog.

 

Induction at home

Induction of the dog with the keeper takes place over a period of six months. It lasts for one week on two occasions within the first month plus one day in each of the following five months. Additional individual training days can also be added as required. The induction course is run at your home by the instructor who trained the dog. He continues to act as your contact partner for as long as you keep the dog. The first week is mainly spent on helping you and your dog to build a bond with each other. In order to make it easier for the dog to form an attachment with its new companion, we recommend that a gap should be included between the two induction weeks. The second induction week is spent on delving further into the individual areas of assistance. In the following months individual induction days can be planned. Meanwhile, you can ask for advice and support from your instructor at any time. You will be given details of the induction period during your personal consultation meeting.

 

Financing

The keeper of the assistance dog is provided with the dog free of charge. The financing is paid by the Foundation and may be taken over by the disability insurance scheme, depending on the specific situation. The Foundation – or the disability insurance scheme in certain cases – pays the veterinary costs and provides the keeper of the assistance dog with a lump sum for feeding. The dog continues to be owned by the Foundation throughout its life.

Other services provided by the School

Support for the team

The training institution offers support to the team, free of charge, for the whole of the assistance dog’s working life. The team will be visited at least once every year or as required by the supporting instructor who is looking after the keeper in his/her work with the assistance dog. This makes it possible for the assistance provided by the dog to be adapted to the changing needs of the keeper.

 

If the dog keeper or the dog becomes ill, the school will look after the care of the assistance dog if necessary.

Public relations tasks

The Foundation works to promote the interests of people whose mobility is impaired.