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bronze award

If you wish to train your dog as an assistance dog with us, you first need to pass our bronze award. The bronze award is a rolling monthly subscription membership for a subsidised cost of ¬£45 per month for self funding families OR ¬£70pcm where funding through a third party or external budget including through PB, short breaks, budget from NHS or LA, EHCP funding, school funding or charity funding. 

The bronze award program which ensures everyone accessing the assistance dog program has the same foundation knowledge & handling skills as well as that the dogs are at a stage of their training that they can begin training assistance dog specific tasks & behaviours OR that they're ready to begin training to work in therapeutic environments with their handler. 

The bronze award includes:

  • Access to group zoom classes covering bronze obedience, behaviour management & core skill sessions (covering things like boundary training).
  • Access to pre-recorded training videos.
  • One 15 minute 1:1 session per month with the head trainer, which provides an opportunity to discuss more about your goals, the dogs previous training & your handling experience and any reasonable adjustments. This is also an opportunity to ask us any questions. (Doing one, 1:1 prior to passing the bronze award is mandatory, though a parent/carer or representative can attend on behalf of the client for assistance dog applicants).
  • Virtual self guided learning portal (like Moodle - but through your own members area on this website).
  • Bronze assessment in Nottingham (including any retakes).
  • Access to the Pawsitive Squad Facebook support group.
  • Access to parent, carer & professionals social zoom chat.

All bronze award applicants must complete the bronze award assessment in person in Nottingham. These are group assessments and take place in Nottingham once per month (usually on a Sunday morning). There is also aandatory theory section which can either be completed as part of the face to face assessment or separately as a theory assignment (written or creative project). 

PLEASE NOTE: You cannot use membership at this level as evidence your dog is in training as an assistance dog. Dogs on our bronze award program MUST NOT be training in non pet dog friendly businesses (even with permission) or training in any equipment which labels them as an assistance dog or service dog in training.

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What is covered in the Bronze award?

In the bronze award, we give you access to training covering: 

  • Follow a target 
  • Watch when you say your dogs name
  • Sit
  • Lie Down
  • Wait for food
  • Leave items which they are never allowed
  • Basic recall
  • Walk on a loose lead
  • Socialisation skills
  • Managing minor & common undesirable behaviours
  • Promoting emotional stability & confidence

Alongside the practical behaviours we teach in the zoom sessions, there are two bronze award theory programs, one for potential therapy dogs and one for potential assistance dog. You will need to read/ listen to the information in the theory section (average around 3 hours to complete). At the end of this you can either complete a written or creative assignment or you can opt for the theory questions to be included within the practical assessment. 

Our bronze award is different to  any other organisations training awards and therefore we do not accept any other achievement (such as the kennel club good citizen awards) as replacement for the bronze award. However, some people who have completed training elsewhere can get through the bronze award quickly.

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