Meet our Community Therapy Dogs
Our Community Therapy Dogs are task-trained and work with our handlers in a residential, clinical, or school setting. Each of our dogs is trained to do specific tasks in various situations with the facility environment of multiple clients. Our community dogs include Bale, Grace, and Arthur.
Whether it is a visit to hospitals, schools, family homes, or residential facilities, our Community Therapy Dogs bring happiness and joy to those they visit and we are proud to witness our Therapy Dogs making a difference.
First up is the one and only, Bale.
Bale is our senior Therapy dog and has years of experience visiting different settings. He has been a 1-1 therapy dog for his young person, Harry, and has a lot to offer alongside his best buddy. Bale now goes out into the community to visit those who need some canine intervention.
Bale never turns down a biscuit or the opportunity to earn one (or two)! He forms bonds quickly and enjoys being around people. You will always find his tail wagging, and he is always willing to please and enjoys a fuss. Bale is great at providing emotional support, whether this means using deep pressure therapy to help a person through a meltdown or anxiety, or just providing a general cuddle to help 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.
Meet Arthur. Arthur is 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 which 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.