Family focused canine assisted activity classes are open to 2 to 25 year olds with additional needs, recovering from trauma or who identify as LGBTQ+. This class is open to young people who own a dog that meets the criteria outlined below.
Family focused canine assisted activity classes aim to:
> improve the bond between the child and dog
> promote interpersonal skills, problem solving and confidence in the young people
> improve your dogs obedience and socialisation
> encourage the young person to handle their dog correctly in a positive manner
> teach the family unit how to safely and successfully incorperate their dog into their lives
> provide a stepping stone to assistance dog classes to puppys, dogs and children who are not quite ready for the assistance dog classes for any behavioural, dog obedience or socialisation reasons.
Classes contain a variety of activities and games to meet the aims above including training games, mini competitions, dog and child shared art, agility and so much more.
In order to access the class children must be vaccinated and their dogs must have recieved their puppy vaccines and be flea and worm treated on a regular basis in line with veterinary recommendations and not be agressive/reactive to other dogs or children.
Family focused canine assisted activity classes are held on Fridays at 5.30pm at Dunkirk and Lenton Community Centre and 11.30am at Southwell Scout Hut. Classes cost £32.50 per month (pro rata).