Here at Pawsitive Squad we want to help young people, whatever their disability, train their own dogs to become assistance dog or home helper dog to help improve the young person’s life.
Having an assistance dog can have a profound positive impact on a young person’s life by:
Improving club and school attendance
Reducing hospital admissions
Enabling the young person to participate in activities they couldn’t previously access
Reduce distress & isolation
There are lots of ways an assistance dog can help improve a young person’s quality of life and help to mitigate the negative impact their disability has on their lives. For us it’s also about far more than that. We empower our young people to play an active role in the training of their assistance dog because we know that engaging with the training process can have a significant benefit to a young person’s confidence & self-worth. Training their dog can add much needed structure, routine and achievement. We’ve seen young people who are losing their abilities due degenerative diseases who felt they would never achieve anything new again constantly smashing training targets with their dogs, rising up their training levels, training new tasks and behaviours and developing a real sense of pride while doing so. For those young people engaging in our assistance dog training is giving them back what they thought they had lost.
Open to 1 - 25 year olds with any disability.
If you apply before your 25th birthday we will take you through your assistance dogs whole working life even if you turn 25 during training.
Support training your own dog, we don't provide dogs.
Face to face & online training avalible.
No monthly subscription fees & no membership fees.
Currently no waiting list & waiting list never goes above 6months.
Training your assistance dog takes lots of patience & dedication but can be life changing.
Some dogs just aren't meant to be assistance dogs, we can never guarentee a dog will make it.
To apply you need to send us completed contract, customer passport, vet infformation sheet & medical evidence.
We are here to help to train and assess your dog to become an assistance dog no matter what the young person & their family’s needs are. This includes:
Please use the drop-down menu to explore our eligibility criteria, training and assessment protocol. To apply please complete the application form which can be found on the page 'eligibility & application'.