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'Woof to Wash' - The worlds first dog operated washing machine!

Support Dogs have worked with leading UK laundry specialist JTM service and manufacturer Miele Professional to develop the world’s first ‘Woof to Wash’ washing machine – activated by a dog’s bark.

Two year-old golden Labrador Duffy, featured in the video is a specialist Disability Assistance Dog trained by Support Dogs. Disability Assistance Dogs like Duffy are trained to strip beds, pick up objects, assist with dressing and undressing, raise the alarm in emergencies and load and unload the washing machine to help their owners. Until now they haven’t been able to turn on a machine.

It costs Support Dogs £30,000 to train and support a Disability Assistance Dog through its working life. JTM have set up an appeal for Support Dogs. You can donate to this at http://www.justgiving.com/wooftowashforsupportdogs

Inventor John Middleton, MD of JTM, explains: “We developed this machine because mainstream products with complex digital controls seldom meet the needs of the disabled user.  We had already created a single programme, one button machine, to make life easier for people with a range of different needs.  When we heard about the amazing work Support Dogs does, the ‘Woof to Wash’ was an obvious next step.”