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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 to no longer feel socially isolated, or 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 their lives are spent with volunteer puppy socialisers in their homes.

    At around 14 months old the dogs come into the National Training Centre to start their formal training. Our trainer 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.