The UK's first charity organisation training Assistance Dogs for British ex-servicemen and women with service-related mental health conditions.*
The PALS (Partner Animal Life Skills) Programme is designed to increase independence and improve quality of life for current and
former serving members of the Armed Forces with "invisible injuries".
The training of each assistance dog is tailored to the individual person based on their own specific needs.
"Helping LEAD Independent Lives"
Building successful working partnerships that empower people and open doors to new opportunities.
It is commonly understood, and accepted, that dogs are wonderful
companions who can also provide many psychological and physiological
benefits to owners. Dogs engender caring and responsibilities, improve
feelings of safety, and help create social bridges in our communities. Also, Veterans who may normally live in isolation say they never feel
alone when they are with their dog.
In addition, all of these benefits come by default.
We NEVER endorse a dog as a SOLUTION to mental health difficulties, but ONLY as a valid aid to recovery - in conjunction with a relevant treatment or care plan.
The dogs on our programme are NOT for convenience purposes, they are trained specifically for the needs of an individual.
Training dogs for people living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) requires very specialist knowledge and skills - in both the trainer and for the dog.