The UK's first non profit organisation training Assistance Dogs and owners' companion dogs to enhance quality of life for British ex-forces with "invisible injuries".
We wholly recognise the therapeutic value of dog ownership for our ex-service personnel and our work includes helping Veterans train with their own dog as well as training Assistance Dogs for the specific needs of mental health.
Our community centred approach gives Veterans the opportunity to meet and engage in an informal and safe environment, amongst peers and with professional training support.
We work with Veterans who want to increase their own quality of life through the benefits of dog ownership, whilst being supported by our organisation.
Our activities for Veterans include 'meet and greets', group walks, workshop projects and educational initiatives for the training and better understanding of dogs.
We have also introduced the PALS Residential Programme for Veterans with their own dogs in 2014 which is fully accommodated and catered for, (financed by the Big Lottery Fund) and takes place in Devon here in the South West.
We have ongoing research regarding training, and the benefits of Assistance Dogs for Veterans with invisible injuries. We are currently developing our Assistance Dog Scheme and have launched the Pounds for Puppies Appeal to enable us to start the next phase of puppy training and placements.
We have established partnerships with universities in both the UK and USA, sharing information and conducting practical research to gain further evidence of our theories and practises.
Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions or feedback.
A Dog Is a Lifestyle - Not Just a Hobby