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About the Family Dog Service

Our PAWS Family Dog service brings together the parents and carers of children with autism to explore the helping potential that a pet dog might have within their family.

The series of three one day workshops use a combination of practical demonstrations, discussions, hands on learning and course hand outs. Find out what our workshops cover.

If you are considering getting a dog, or already have a pet dog, then the workshops provide information and support for sourcing, choosing, handling and training a pet dog specifically to benefit a child with autism and the family as a whole.

Read the Dogs Monthly article about Family Dog.

Enquire about the workshops

Our Family Dog workshops are in high demand. If you’d like to attend our workshops, please register your interest and we can let you know when future 2018 dates are confirmed.

Express interest in our workshops.

Long-term support

Following the workshops, ongoing support is available to families including telephone support, online resources, and a private Facebook group.

Pet dog, not assistance dog

Please note that the PAWS Family Dog service is different to the Autism Assistance Dogs for Children service also offered by Dogs for Good.  This work led us to realise that whilst for some children there will be a clear need for a fully trained assistance dog, a well trained family pet dog can also have a massive impact.

Pet dogs will not be able to receive public access rights or assistance dog status i.e. entry into shopping centres etc.