Pawsitive Squad CIC
Paws of Hope, Paws of Love,
Paws of Life
Pawsitive Squad CIC is committed to provide ethical dog training with a strong focus on welfare friendly, evidence based practices.
Training methods and techniques
We use game centred activities, some of which we have learnt through the Absolute Dogs Pro Dog Trainer program & training academy and many of which we have developed ourselves or learnt from other force free dog trainers to ensure our dogs learn their role as therapy or assistance dogs without fear, discomfort or pain. More than the aversive techniques and equipment we proactively work to ensure our training is fun and engaging for the dogs so they actively want to work.
Assistive tasks not used for welfare reasons
While we appreciate these tasks can be beneficial to their handlers, we feel the following tasks can compromise the health, safety and wellbeing of assistance dogs and therefore we do not train any of the following:
Prohibited equipment and techniques
Due to health, safety or welfare, the following equipment & handler behaviour is not permitted:
**We do have some dogs who were initially trained in head collars who continue to work in them however since 2020, in response to research conducted at Nottingham Trent University & Myerscough College (Carter et al. 2020) suggesting the aversive impact head collars can have on dogs we do have prohibited the use of these for new clients since this time.