Duncan – PAWS Team Leader: I’ve been with the Charity for 19 years and my usual role is Client Services Manager, specifically working within our Assistance Dog Services. Earlier in 2016 I came across to work with the PAWS team to undertake a review of the service and how its unique strengths can be incorporated into other work.

We have now finished that review and for the time being I’m providing management support to the team of Family Dog Instructors whilst finalising some of the ways we would like to see the service develop through 2017 and 2018.

 

Robbie – PAWS Family Dog Instructor: I have recently joined the team and am going to be involved in both running of the workshops and providing aftercare for families.

I have a BSc in Psychology and have a real interest in autism. I have studied the characteristics and theories surrounding ASD, and conducted a major project looking at how autism affects the recognition of emotion in artwork. Alongside this, I have worked and volunteered at various groups for autistic adults and children.

For the past year, I have been working at a dog training centre and have assisted various trainers in teaching different dog sports and classes. From this I have gained a huge insight into the world of dog training and have started teaching my own puppy classes.

Working in the PAWS Family Dog team is providing me with a unique and exciting opportunity to combine my interest in autism and my love for dog training. I look forward to being involved in all the great work of the team.

Chloe – PAWS Family Dog Instructor: I am the newest member of the team and can’t wait to get started presenting the workshops and undertaking aftercare with the other instructors.

I have a degree in BSc (Hons) in Zoology which included a unique dissertation on the difference in qualification rates and times between assistance dog breeds. I have just completed a diploma in Canine Behaviour. I have experience in delivering puppy training classes to Kennel Club Good Citizens standards, and have worked in a plethora of animal institutes from equine hospitals, to veterinary centres, to lambing farms, to petting farms for children and everything in between.

I thoroughly enjoyed spending the last year working in the kennel team here at Dogs for Good, taking care of the health and welfare of the many dogs in training. My family and I have socialised and boarded over 50 dogs for the charity. So I doubt there’s a practical or theoretical doggy problem I haven’t come across!

Kate – Training Department Support Officer: I handle all enquiries, book our families onto the workshops and monitor how many places are available, trying to keep everyone informed along the way.

I also make arrangements for all the workshops, including getting the PAWS instructors to the right venue with the right materials; putting the packs together and arranging the catering.

The days are varied and very busy, but it’s all worth it when we get lovely feedback from our families. I am lucky to work in a great team and great charity and hope to be able to help many more families in the future.