Pawsitive Squad CIC
Paws of Hope, Paws of Love,
Paws of Life
My name is Heather Pyne and I am the founder, co-director and trainer for Pawsitive Squad. I founded Pawsitive Squad in 2018 as I was aware of the significant gap in services for young people with complex or moderate to profound care and support needs either due to multiple conditions or where the classification of the condition is not known (eg syndromes without a name). As a dog trainer, disabled person and parent of two disabled children, I wanted to use my education and personal experience to enable young people with complex needs to reach their potential with the support of their dog & canine centred service and so Pawsitive Squad was born.
My qualifications include:
For more information on Heather including CPD training, please click here
My name is Roe, and I am a volunteer for Pawsitive Squad. I joined Pawsitive Squad in 2020 to train River, my standard poodle, to be my assistance dog and help me with going out more and becoming more confident with her by my side. She helps me with my autism and anxiety by doing certain assistive tasks for me; I put lots of hard work into training her with the help of pawsitive squad and had her fully trained within a year.
I’ve always loved animals and really enjoyed training River and gaining knowledge through learning new techniques. I love training and working with dogs and wanted to help out people going through the same training I have. When I told Heather I had a Level 3 qualification in animal management at college and work experience with animals & people with additional needs, she kindly let me volunteer to help.
As part of my role, I help with the face-to-face workshops and assessments, demonstrating, assessing, and offering general support. I still struggle in social situations and talking sometimes, but I have become more confident since joining Pawsitive Squad. Most of the time I will have a personal assistant with me to support me and have River to help me out too.