Meet our Community dogs
Our community dogs are task-trained dogs that work with our handlers in a residential, clinical or school setting. Our dogs are trained to do specific tasks in a variety of different situations with it the facility environment of multiple clients. Our community dogs include Bale, Grace, Arthur, Bertie and Mabel
Whether it is a visit to a Hospital, School, Family home or Residential, we see smile's light up around the room when they see the dog arrive.
We see the happy faces of the people we visit and hear the joy in their voices knowing that Our Therapy dog's do make a difference.
First up is the one and only, Bale. Bale is our senior Therapy dog with years of experience visiting different settings as well as being a 1-1 Therapy dog for his young person, Harry.
Bale had so much more to offer alongside his best Buddy Harry that he now goes out into the Community to visit those that need some canine intervention. He never turns down a biscuit or the opportunity to earn one (or two)! He forms bonds quickly and enjoys being around people. He is full of life and a game of fetch always goes down well!
He is a very happy dog and his tail is always wagging. He is always willing to please and enjoys a fuss. He is great at providing emotional support whether this be using deep pressure therapy to help support a person through a meltdown/anxiety or just a general cuddle to help provide relaxation and a calming effect.
Meet Grace. Grace is our emotional support dog, who’s main skill is providing deep pressure therapy, reducing anxieties, and providing relaxation. She loves to greet people and is always ready for a tummy tickle. Clients love Grace’s energy and her enthusiasm with the activities. She very quickly learns that she is engaging with the client and gives them her complete focus.
Grace is a gentle dog that likes strokes and scratches on her chest, under her chin and just above her tail. She likes to poke her nose under your arm unexpectedly for fuss at times too! People tend to instantly take to Grace. She has such a natural way of making people feel like they are the most important person in the room.
Bertie is friendly, intelligent and really good fun to be around. Bertie has a gentle nature, which means he is well-suited for his work within the community. He loves walks, running off lead and playing with other dogs. Once she gets to know a person he is working with he becomes really invested in that person, which doesn’t happen straight away so can be very rewarding for a person that takes their time to get to know Bertie. Once he has built a bond with you, he will seek you out for a good snuggle on the sofa and a belly rub.
He loves his role as a Community Dog as it involves being active, meeting lots of new people and visiting new places.
Meet Arthur, our community Therapy dog. He is very calm and laid back but he can be cheeky! He will act on his own initiative during a session which helps to break down barriers and form a bond. He loves to learn new tasks, happily engaging in any game or activity with clients of all ages. He is particularly good at agility. This involves going over jumps, through tunnels and weaving through poles.
Most of all he is a gentle and affectionate boy who particularly likes physical contact. He loves to lean against you and rest his head in your lap and will sit calmly while being stroked or brushed. He loves his role as a Community Dog, as it involves being active, meeting lots of new people and visiting new places.
Mabel is such a fun-loving, active dog, who is incredibly intelligent and has a brain that is on the go all of the time. She is a fast learner and finds great enjoyment in trick training. Once she has built a bond with you, she will seek you out for a good snuggle on the sofa and a belly rub.
She is very intuitive around how people may be feeling and mirrors that in her own behaviour. When people are happy and excited, she will interact with them in a similar manner, playing games and acting a bit goofy. If they are shy or withdrawn, her approach will be much more gentle and considered. Mabel is particularly fond of a good scent work game and will sniff out a treat anywhere you hide it.