A Banking Demo Golden Retriever Assistance Dog Ikea

I recently received a post from from UK friend, Allen Parton. He has a whiz of a Yellow Lab Assistance Dog named Endal and also a Demonstration Assistance Dog named Ikea. While Ikea was initially being trained to be an assistance dog, medical issued curtailed his career. However, he does a GReat job doing assistance dog demonstration work.

Endal and Ikea are pictured below in this wonderful bank photo. Endal is on the left and Ikea is in the middle.

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I thought this was Bark-lays bank…
METRO.co.uk.

They might not be able to help if you forget your Pin, but these dogs can get your money out without paws-ing for thought.

The pooches are among an army of ‘assistance dogs’ who have been trained to withdraw money from cash machines for their disabled owners.

They are adept at inserting and withdrawing cards at ATMs to help owners in wheelchairs who are often not able to stretch far enough to do it themselves.

A spokesman for charity Canine Partners, which trains the dogs, said: ‘They put in the card and take it out and take out the money and give it to the person in the wheelchair. They can’t put in the Pin but a person in a wheelchair can go sideways on and do that.’

Up to 30 dogs are trained each year and the charity is hoping to double that figure next year. It takes two years to train them, in which time they also learn to load the washing and pick up items from shop shelves.

One of the graduates of the scheme is ten-year-old Endal, who helped start the ATM service by chance.

There’s more . . . .

3 thoughts on “A Banking Demo Golden Retriever Assistance Dog Ikea

  1. That is just about the most amazing thing I have ever saw. And the picture is absolutely priceless.
    There are just no limits to the good that these service dogs do.

  2. though these dogs can do some clever tasks, it really is their ability to give unconditional love and devotion that is the most important thing. Endal has given me a quality of life, for the last ten years, that I thought was once lost to me for ever in the 1991 Guf war. Ikea has been a great support to Sandra my wife over the years and being a goldie is a constant source of smiles and joy these last eight years..we truly are very blessed to have shared our lives with these special guys

    “If our lives were made into tapestrys then our dogs would be bright golden threads running through the tapestry, giving it such colour and depth”

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