Pawsitive Squad CIC
Paws of Hope, Paws of Love,
Paws of Life
Following a successful revamp of our assistance dog program we are now revamping our therapy dog program as our specialist team dog program. The term 'therapy dog' has become so overused in so many contexts to mean a diverse range of dogs with varying training and jobs which do not remotely represent what our program offers, hence the rebrand!
The programs new name better represents what our very special dogs are trained to do - provide specialist canine assisted activities & therapy, working with qualified health, care and education professionals to support teams (groups) of young disabled people within a variety of settings.
Our fully comprehensive program provides specialist team dog handlers with all the skills and knowledge they need to provide our signature canine assisted activity programs for children & young people with SEND including health and safety training, handling skills, the specialist program contents, canine emotion and welfare and more.
We have one intake of specialist team therapy dogs a year in September. Specialist team dog training will take 10 months, with your final assessment taking place in July. All clients are required to travel to Derby or Nottingham for your final assessment, through annual reassessments from then can be done virtually via zoom.
For specialist team dogs in training (from September till July, the first 10 months on the program) the monthly membership fee is £20 per month. Your monthly subscription includes:
For fully trained specialist team dogs, the monthly membership fee is £7.50 per month. Your monthly subscription includes:
If you wish to join the program but your dog is under 8 months old or hasn't perfected the obedience behaviour or still jumps up etc then we first recommend you complete the preapplication course which should give you the skills and training to get your dog to the standard required to be eligible for the specialist team (therapy dog) program. To join the pre-application course, please book on the events page.
To be eligible to apply to join our specialist team dog program your dog must:
Your dog must NOT:
You (the handler) must:
Specialist team dog training is split into two sections - Foundation and advanced training. The foundation training module takes 3 months and contains 6 live zoom classes as well as self directed learning through the virtual learning area and 6 assignments to complete. The advanced specialist team dog training takes 6months to cover the three mandatory canine assisted activity programs which are called flourish, unite and care. You then have the opportunity to do up 3 other canine assisted activity modules, if you wish once your dog is a fully trained specialist team dog.
In the foundation specialist team dog training we will cover:
In the advanced specialist team dog training we will cover:
Once you've completed all of your training, there is a face to face group day practical assessment which takes place in Derby or Nottingham. During the assessment, you will be asked to demonstrate some of the activities covered in advanced training and we will assess all aspects of your dogs training and behaviour to ensure they're ready to be working with disabled young people. Within the assessment we also will go through the paperwork check list to ensure you have appropriate insurance, risk assessments and other documents, though the specialist team dog handler remains solely responsible for ensuring these are accurate and up to date.
We are able to take a maximum of 12 dogs on our specialist team dog program per year, with spaces allocated on a first come, first served basis. If you're ready to apply please complete an application below and we will be in touch to confirm your acceptance onto the program. Our next intake begins on the 8th of September 2021.