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Groundbreaking ‘Dementia Dog’ scheme in Scotland given £300,000 funding boost

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A ground breaking programme which provides support to people affected by dementia through the provision of ‘Dementia Dogs’ has been given a funding boost of £300,000.

The Dementia Dog project has been running in Scotland for just three years and uses specially trained dogs to support and enable people to live well with dementia.

The project started as a collaboration between Alzheimer Scotland, Dogs for the Disabled (now Dogs for Good), Guide Dogs UK and product design students from Glasgow School of Art, to bring fresh ideas to service design for people with Dementia.

The original idea was to provide people in the early stages of dementia with a fully trained assistance dog.  Dogs would act as a companion and helper, and be trained to provide reminders for key daily tasks like taking medication.  Having a dog would also encourage owners to get out and about, increasing not only physical activity but also social interaction.   

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