UK STATUS of Dogs for Mental Health
Until now, there have been no formally recognised programmes for providing Assistance Dogs for those with psychological injuries in the United Kingdom.
Whilst there is provision for an overlapping need, the priority currently centres on the needs of those with physical disabilities.
The recognition of dogs working with psychological disabilities is very much in its' infancy here in the UK. However, we have developed a programme specifically for Veterans, appropriate to the standards required for accreditation with Assistance Dogs International.
Clinicians and professionals are already seeing the benefits of a partnership with a dog and how this can transform lives. We are working together, along with guidance from supporting organisations within Assistance Dogs (UK), to deliver a cohesive and sustainable training programme for the future.
OUR 'PALS' PROGRAMME IS DESIGNED TO FULFILL THE REQUIREMENTS FOR ACCREDITATION AS AN APPROVED ASSISTANCE DOG ORGANISATION, AND WE WORK TO THE STANDARDS SPECIFIED BY ASSISTANCE DOGS INTERNATIONAL.
ASSISTANCE DOGS(UK) ARE FULLY AWARE OF OUR PROGRAMME
WE HAVE TO THANK ALL THE MEMBER ORGANISATIONS OF ASSISTANCE DOGS (UK) FOR THEIR CONTINUING GUIDANCE AND HELP THROUGHOUT OUR DEVELOPMENT.
VETERANS WITH DOGS qualifies and 'licenses' the dog partnership by independent assessment, with external verification from AD(UK).