Organisation Based Therapy Dogs

The Pawsitive Squad organisation based therapy dog program provides assessment and training to pet dogs which are owned by an employee or volunteer from an organisation which supports young people with additional needs, who are recovering from trauma or identify as LGBTQ+. The employee/volunteers pet dog will be assessed and trained to become a therapy dog to work in that organisation only. We will provide regular training and a tailored support program to ensure the organisation gets the very best out of their therapy dog. This program is free but the dogs' owner & organisation are responsible for insuring the dog, including public liability specifically for therapy dog work. We can assist you in sourcing appropriate insurance. The organisation based therapy dog progam is ran by Heather and Melanie. 

We currently have two registered organisation based therapy dogs:

> Jake the therapy dog who works at Disability Support (formally Disability Direct Nottingham). Jake is avalible to provide theraputic support in one to one meetings, weekly groups and on visits to other organisations. 

> Buddy the school therapy dog based at Djanogly Strelley School. Buddy is an adorable dog who attends school for two days a week to provide a calming influence to students. We are building up to him taking a more proactive role supporting reading and other educational roles this year. 

For your dog to become an organisation based therapy dog. Your dog must:

  • Be fully vaccinated
  • Be flea and wormed regularly
  • Be friendly and have never shown aggression
  • Have good basic obedience
  • Be well socialised
  • Be insured

The therapy dog owner must have an up to date DBS (this should already be obtained by the organisation they work for) and must handle their dog in a positive manner. If you would like to join our organisation based therapy dog team please email us at to arrange an initial meeting to discuss your organisation and needs further.