I am a registered instructor with Dog A.I.D (Assistance in Disability).
Dog A.I.D is a registered charity that helps people with physical disabilities, train their own dogs. The training consists of a three tiered system.
Level one, ‘Companion Level’, is basic obedience and some useful task training.
Level two, ‘Advanced Companion Level’, for dogs with all round sociability. This is where dogs acquire further skills and continue in training in the useful tasks that are of help to their owner.
Level three, ‘Assistance Dog Level’, allows owners and their dogs go out into public places and practise putting these skills into operation.
At the end of each level, owners and their dogs are assessed and awarded a certificate, issued from the office to show their achievements.
All training with Dog A.I.D is free; however, we do ask for a donation equal to or towards the cost of the trainers’ travelling expenses and in some cases, the hire of a venue. The agreement for this financial commitment is made prior to the commencement of training and payments are made to the treasurer, so that it goes through the accounts as required by charity law.
If you are physically disabled and would like an informal discussion about your dog’s suitability and the criteria for becoming a Dog A.I.D client, please get in touch via Pet Perfection.
If you don’t have a dog but would like to train your own assistance dog, I may be able to help you find a dog or puppy to train under the Dog A.I.D scheme. Please get in touch if this idea appeals to you.
For an application form for Dog A.I.D, please contact:
Dog A.I.D, Suite A Ground Floor, New Zealand House,
160-162 Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6FD.
Phone: 01743 588469
Please see http://www.dogaid.org.uk/ for more information.