Assistance Dog Training

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Here at Pawsitive Squad we believe that our young people wanting to owner train their own assistance dog should be actively involved in their dogs training. We therefore offer our assistance dog training package through weekly group classes to individuals under 25 years old with any additional needs. This is beneficial for multiple reasons:

  • Group classes provide great socialisation for the dogs - if your dog can learn to focus in a room full of other children and dogs then they will be able to focus around almost anything. 
  • Regular classes mean we are able to provide consistent and ongoing training support to ensure your training maintains momentum and everything is going smoothly. Seeing you weekly also means we can detect potential difficulties early when they are still quick and easy to fix.
  • Classes build your dog and childs bond together, ensuring they become a confident partnership. 
  • Both your dog and child become part of our community and have a sense of belonging. You will make friends and be able to learn from each other and support each other through your training. 
  • Group classes are cheaper than 1-2-1 training programs at only £32.50 per month making them an affordable and effective assistance dog training program for most partnerships. 

While some of our partnerships will aim towards public access we are very passionate about working with young people whose dogs can assist them at home and in dog friendly places anyway. This means that even if your dog isnt super obedient or brilliantly socialised they can still benefit from our training and you can still apply the training at home. This also means that young people with additional needs but without a formal diagnosis can still access supportive dog training. 

Each group class contains a mix of exercises and games which teach and proof a mixture of physical assistance and autism/emotional support tasks. No matter what the individual young persons needs are their dog will still benefit from learning all tasks as this assists with general obedience, drive to learn and their bond. 

 

All dogs are able to work through 4 levels from foundation to gold. For those aiming for public access these are assistance dog awards and for dogs which are aiming to be trained for home support only recieve supportive dog awards. Dogs aiming for assistance dog awards need to meet specific socialisation, public and tasks criteria whereas supportive dog levels are only assessed based on the tasks they are able to do. 

 

We offer two assistance dog classes per week:

> Wednesday's at 2pm at Old Basford Community Centre, Bramble Close, NG6 OQG

> Saturdays at 10.30am at Southwell Scout Hut, Southwell, NG25 OGD

 

*Both centre's are wheelchair accessible and have accessible toilets. Old Basford Community Centre also has a  baby changing facility. At Southwell Scout Hut we create a space to change using a mannual hoist and adult sized changing matt*

 

To join either class please complete the booking form at ... and a member of our team will get in touch as soon as possible to arrange your FREE taster session. 

 

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