To be eligible to apply to join our assistance dog program or therapy dog program, you must first complete the 8-week application course. This course contains:
You have access to the virtual learning zone including the outdoor exercise instructions for 8 weeks from your start date. The pre-application course teaches you the fundamental skills required for dog training. Also, it allows us to assess you and your dog's suitability for the assistance dog program over multiple sessions instead of having a formal selection assessment. Anyone wanting to join the assistance dog program must complete this course first. The course costs £90.
The pre-application course covers:
The pre-application course also comes with access to:
If you wish to progress on to apply for the assistance dog program, having completed the pre-application program, you will need to:
Based on the above, alongside our observations in the live classes, we will decide if we are able to offer you a position on our assistance dog program. We may say you or your dog isn't suitable at all for our program or we may say that we would like to reconsider if you work on a specific behavioural issue within a given time frame then resubmit evidence, the second is most common for dogs who are barky around other dogs. If we ask you to work on an issue we will provide some basic suggestions to work on this but may recommend you work with a canine behaviorist in the interim to bring your dog up to the required standard to join our program.
Upcoming pre-application course start dates:
To book onto the pre-application course please click here. Spaces are limited. If you cannot open the link, the website to book onto the course is: https://bookwhen.com/pawsitivesquadpreapply