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Emergency Support Dogs Program


If your child has a medical condition which causes acute medical events which cause potentially life threatening medical events such as generalised seizures, apnea's, hypoglycemia etc., then this program maybe perfect for you! 

The aim of this program is to give you and your dog the skills to enable your dog to support your childs medical needs through, where possible, a medical alert and medical response tasks such as fetching medication, pulling an emergency cord, barking for attention and passing medical card to paramedics. 

This program is NOT to train your dog as an assistance dog with public access rights. The aim is to teach your dog to provide an additional level of support on top of the childs current care plan  when the child is at home or in pet dog friendly environments. This makes this program accessible to dogs who maybe unsuitability for assistance dog work due to anxiety, reactivity or poor obedience outside the home.


Membership contents & fees

The emergency support dogs program is a membership program which costs £20 per month and includes:

  • 1 x 45 minute medical alert virtual training class per month
  • 1 x 45 minute medical response virtual training class per month
  • Access to the Pawsitive squad member Facebook group
  • Access to virtual canine-assisted activity sessions each month
  • One sibling activity session for any siblings or other children in the household per month
  • Weekly parent chat & activity sessions
  • 2 virtual parties per year including yearly award ceremony with trophy & certificate**
  • Full training report after 6 months on the program (can be used for EHCP, DLA, PIP application etc.) upon request (max 2 per 12 month period)

Emergency support dogs to assistance dog

A small proportion of dogs who are trained successful as emergency support dogs will be able to join the assistance dog program should the young person wish and the dog have the suitable temperament. If your dog has a suitable temperament, the emergency support dogs program can provide direct access into the assistance dog program once your dog is providing a medical alert with over 95% day time accuracy and 2 medical response tasks OR 3 vital medical response tasks and have been actively engaging with the emergency support dogs program for over 6 months. You and your dog must meet all the eligibility criteria for the assistance dog program to move from this program onto the assistance dog program.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the emergency support dogs program you must:

  • own a dog aged between 12 weeks and 3 years old.
  • be the parent/carer of a young person aged 18 months to 16 years old who has a medical condition which causes potentially life threatening medical events.
  • CANNOT be training your dog to be an assistance dog either independently or with another organisation or be working/ volunteering for another canine organisation.

 We cannot guarantee your dog will be successful in learning a medical alert. 

Ready to apply?

All you need to do to apply is complete the membership application form which can be downloaded here. We will let you know within 2 weeks if you've been accepted on the program. We have limited spaces which will be allocated on a 'first come, first served' basis. For applicants who are accepted before the 25th of the month, membership will start on the 1st of the following month. 

Click here to download the application form for the emergency support dogs program.

once completed, email your application form to pawsitivesquad@gmail.com or via Whatsapp to 07736320843. 


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