Pawsitive Squad CIC
Paws of Hope, Paws of Love,
Paws of Life
Our Pawsitive Squad assistance dog program is one of the most comprehensive programs currently available in the UK. We specialise in supporting young people aged 2 to 25 years old and their parents/ carers in training their dog to become a fully trained assistance dog, trained to meet the young persons exact needs.
Our eligibility criteria is based on care, support and health needs rather than diagnosis, meaning that we are able to support a diverse range of clients with a variety of conditions including physical, psychiatric, developmental and learning disabilities, neurodiverse young people and young people with conditions which cause life threatening medical events. If a young person has an undiagnosed condition which is recognised as a disability by their doctor then they're eligible for training through our program if they meet the general eligibility criteria.
Assistance dogs in training and dogs who have passed their gold award (fully trained) have different membership fees & provision.
For assistance dogs in training, the monthly membership fee is £45 per month. Your monthly subscription includes:
All for only £45 per calendar month until your dog passes their gold assistance dog award
For assistance dogs who are working as fully trained assistance dogs under Pawsitive Squad, having passed their gold award, the membership fee is £12.50 per month.This monthly subscription includes:
To be eligible for our program, the young person must benefit from 3 assistive tasks in public and must meet 3 of the following criteria (unless you need to train your dog as a medical alert dog for a life-threatening condition):
> Psychiatric/ mental health
> Learning/ intellectual/ developmental
Applicants must also meet all of the following criteria:
Once you've been accepted on the program you must also:
Please note: ALL clients will need to travel to Derby or Nottingham at least 4 times during training for assessments, then annually for reassessment - no exceptions.
To be apply to apply to join our assistance dog program you must first complete the pre-application course which is an 8 week program containing 6 zoom sessions, virtual learning module and project.
The pre-application course gives you the opportunity to try out service before committing to the assistance dog program while also allowing us to assess yours and your dogs suitability for the assistance dog program.
To join our pre-application course, click on the desired start date (to the right on this text under 'upcoming events' for more information and to book onto the pre-application course which costs £90.