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    Our dogs

    Our dogs are destined for very important roles.

    They can help a child or adult with disabilities become more independent; support a family with a child with autism so that they never feel isolated or unable to do things together as a family; they can work as part of our animal assisted intervention services in schools and residential care settings.

    It all starts with a tiny puppy. We carefully choose our puppies and also have a small breeding programme of our own. The first year of a puppy’s life is spent in a home with a volunteer puppy socialiser.

    At around 14 months old the dogs come into the National Training Centre to start their formal training. Our trainers work with each dog to find out what they enjoy, build confidence, and teach practical skills using reward based methods of training.

    After passing their early and advanced training, and following a careful matching process, our dogs then settle in with their new owners and become qualified working dogs. 

    From puppy to partner

    To follow one of our new recruits on their journey from puppy to life-changing partner, click on the links below:

    Tiny puppy
    Growing puppy
    Dog in Training
    Working dog