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Pawsitive Squad CIC is a community interest company which was founded in 2018. Initially, Pawsitive Squad CIC was created to offer assistive task training and canine assisted activities to young disabled people living in Nottingham & surrounding areas.

Now, just three years on, Pawsitive Squad is a national organisation, working with families across England, Wales and Scotland through a variety of in person and virtual services to enable as many young people with additional or alternative needs and disabilities to benefit from the therapeutic and practical benefits specially trained dogs can provide. 

Message from the founder

First of all, thank you for taking the time to visit this page and find out all about what makes Pawsitive Squad special. My name is Heather Pyne and I am the founder, co-director and trainer for Pawsitive Squad. I founded Pawsitive Squad as I was aware of the significant gap in support services for young people with complex needs which do not fit into individual diagnostic categories. As a dog trainer, disabled person and parent to one profoundly disabled and one autistic child, I wanted to use my education and personal experience to make life a little easier for young people who face additional barriers to participating in our world. 

My qualifications include (but are not limited to):

  • BSc (honours) Open Degree with a 2.1 - relevant modules studied included approaches to mental health, issues in research with children and young people and counselling: exploring fear and sadness. 
  • Diploma of higher education in Equine Psychology and Sports Science
  • Level 5 Dog Behaviour Practitioner (Overall score of 89%)
  • TQUK Level 2 Certificate in awareness of mental health problems (RQF)
  • Emergency First aid at work

and continued professional training courses completed include:

  • EYFS Teaching Level 5 advanced course
  • Animal assisted therapy course
  • SEND teaching methods course
  • Pediatric first aid course
  • Profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) course
  • Safe moving and handling training 
  • Fire Marshal training course
  • Level 2 food safety - catering
  • Introduction to safeguarding children course
  • Safeguarding children for new leads course
  • Introduction to volunteer management course
  • Volunteers and the law course

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Pawsitive Squad is a registered community interest company (non profit organisation) number 1145 1119 (England and Wales)



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2 Woodberry Grove

North Finchley

N12 0DR


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