Specially trained dogs to guide a blind or partially-sighted person.
If you have a serious visual impairment, a guide dog can help you become more independent and mobile. Highly trained to support you in navigating any mobility challenges you may face, guide dogs are a great way to get you out and about with confidence.
Companion dogs for adults
Our new companion dog service offers friendship and emotional support to adults with sight loss and their families. These well-behaved and well-trained dogs can help build your confidence and improve your wellbeing by giving you a reason to get out more.
A companion dog is:
- A friendly, well-behaved dog
- Here to help you build confidence and get out more
- Owned by Guide Dogs (not by you or your family)
- Looked after and paid for by you and your family, including vets’ bills and insurance
Companion dogs are not the same as guide dogs – you can’t use them for sighted assistance or as a mobility aid. In the same way, you can’t take them to places where a pet dog legally wouldn’t be allowed in. Some places may let them in but it’s their choice
– they don’t have to.
Our team of 28 staff work out of the Knotty Ash office, Liverpool, covering the counties of Merseyside and Cheshire. We have around 270 guide dog owners at any time. If we can’t help you directly, we’ll do what we can to work with other service providers
in the area to meet your needs.
- How can I access this service?
- Call or email
- When is this service open?
- Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
- How much will it cost me?
- On successful qualification the cost of the guide dog to the owner is 50p. The sighted guiding service is Free of charge. Calls to the 0300 number are the same as to a local line.
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- What groups of people is this for?
- People with a sensory disability
- What age groups is this for?
- Any age
- What areas of the city is this for?
- People from anywhere in the city
- Adult Services
- 0345 1430229
- Apply for a guide dog/Liverpool Community Team
- 0345 1430211