Hear more about our work and opportunities to develop your skills in animal assisted intervention (AAI)

Our Community Dog service is going from strength to strength and we will be seeking to grow our team of Community Dog Handlers over time.

If you’d like to find out more about our work in this field, hear about future Animal Assisted Intervention information events and training opportunities, or register your interest in joining our team, we’d love to hear from you.

In our Community Dog service we employ the principles and techniques of Animal Assisted Intervention, with our handler working alongside a local professional (eg therapist, social worker, teacher) to design a programme of engaging activity with the dog to meet specific goals.

We work with people with a range of needs (eg adults with autism and learning disabilities; children and young adults with special educational needs; older people who are socially isolated; people with dementia and their carers) and in a variety of community settings (eg healthcare settings; schools and colleges; alongside social care teams and specialist charity partners).

We help adults and children to meet a wide range of personal goals: from improving self-confidence and helping people interact with others in the community, to improving road safety, changing patterns of behaviour and overcoming fear of medical procedures.

For more details about our Community Dog service, download our Community Dog leaflet.

Click here for a sample Community Dog Handler job description, which will give you further details about what we’ll be looking for in our future Community Dog Handlers.

If you would like to register your interest in our work and future Community Dog Handler roles, complete our registration form.