Hi all, thank you so much for taking the time to stop and look at our amazing page. At this moment we have taken the decision to close our waiting list for our 1:1 family Therapy Dogs and our School Dogs. This is due to us being at capacity and our waiting list already being extensive. We will open applications again in 2022.
If you really feel you simply cannot live without that bit of canine intervention then never fear our resident doggos may be able to help! Head on over to our Animal Assisted Therapy Sessions page and check out what we can offer to support. We offer sessions on a 1:1 basis and also visits to schools, care and residential homes and many other places so please click here to read all about it.
Family Therapy Dogs
Family Therapy Dogs make such a huge impact to the difficulties surrounding a child with special needs.
Our Therapy Dogs can be trained to help with whatever your struggles may be - mealtimes, being safe outside, bedtimes, transitions, behavioural intervention, anxiety distraction, emotional support as well as being the child's/children's best friend and companion.
A Therapy Dog can provide life changing support to the whole family. The dog will boost independence and confidence allowing for quality family time.
For more information on how a Therapy dog can help a child check out our Blog all about Therapy dog's! Click here now.
What happenes after I have applied?
There is a process we have to follow in order for you to get a certified Therapy dog in your family home and we have listed it out below. If you feel you are unable to commit to your own dedicated Therapy Dog or you want to see if it would be beneficial before you apply for a dog, Bale's Buddies can offer hourly or daily Animal Assisted Therapy Sessions from the comfort of your own home. Click here to learn more about our Animal Assisted Therapy Sessions.
The process starts with an initial consultation, followed by a full assessment of both the family, child and home to gain an understanding of needs, suitability and options.
If successful, we source a puppy from one of our trusted breeders. We use larger breeds of dogs with great temperaments such as Portuguese Water Dogs (as they have a hypo allergenic coat, to avoid aggravating any allergies), Labradors and Golden Retrievers. Larger dogs allow for aspects of training such as - deep pressure therapy and road safety that smaller dogs simply cannot provide.
The puppy will join the family and then after vaccinations, training begins! Bonding between the dog and the child is a natural process and it becomes unbreakable.
As a trainee Therapy Dog they can aid in all aspects of life attending CAHMS, Hospital and Doctors appointments plus everyday activities such as shopping, walks and day trips out! In certain circumstances the dog can also attend School with the child they support.
Training takes approximately 2 years with weekly sessions and reports. The Bale's Buddies team are always on hand to answer queries and progress is measured with regular feedback and assessments.
For more information please feel free to contact us using the form below, by phone, email or via our Facebook page we are happy to answer any questions.
What do people say?
"When working on a project as big as training a family pet to support our child and the rest of the family, Bale's Buddies have been awesome. They truly support you in every way possible and I cannot fault the service they have given us. I would highly recommend Bales Buddies to anyone who is looking for this kind of thing, the variety of training they can give is quite something and its truly eye opening to see the change in our dog along his journey to becoming an assistance dog.”
“Milo has turned out to be the most amazing and integral part of our Family. He is so intuitive to my son's needs and is a best friend. Bale's Buddies have given us the perfect pal and we couldn’t recommend them highly enough. We feel a lot happier knowing that my son is safer and anxieties are reduced when Milo is around. Thank you Bales Buddies for finding Milo and making him the dog he is and giving our son a best buddy.”