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Hello from your new PAWS instructor

Hi everyone, my name is Hannah and I’m the new PAWS instructor! I thought I would write a little bit to introduce myself and give you a bit of information about me and my background. For the last 4 ½ years I have been a  teaching assistant for children with Autism, based in a resource [...]

Our travels

PAWS is a UK wide service, our small team of 4 offers parents the opportunity to attend workshops around England, and at venues in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. So we get to travel around a bit, sometimes Sat Nav does fail us, like sending us down a footpath and me having a bit of [...]

Puppy School Conference

On Saturday PAWS was invited along to speak at the Puppy School Conference at RDA in Cheltenham. We had the opportunity to give the tutors an overview of the PAWS Service and what we cover in our workshops, everyone then split up into groups and came up with some fabulous dog based intervention ideas for [...]

Summer holidays

Hi all PAWS parents, We know the summer holidays are a very BUSY time for families. Over the last few weeks we have shared a few interaction ideas for keeping children and dogs busy on our Member Area. Please feel free to share with us any ideas you have had also. If you need advice [...]

Visit to Australia Assistance Dogs

Katie had the opportunity to visit the amazing Australia Assistance Dogs this month, it is incredible to see the PAWS service replicated across countries, with like-minded organisations working together so successfully. Read more about Australia Assistance Dogs here http://www.assistancedogs.org.au/pages/paws-program.html

Successful People and Animals event in Devon

Yesterday in North Devon, a group of key individuals and organisations worked together to drive good practice in the field of Animal Assisted Intervention within the UK, including Dogs for the Disabled, Hereford Community Farm, and Dogs Helping Kids. Katie Bristow and Julie Milsom are pleased to have achieved another successful People & Animals event, [...]

Fun day 31st May, open and free to all

Hi all, On 31 May 2014 Dogs for the Disabled is holding a Fun Day at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, from 11am to 3pm. Open to all, this free event gives you the chance to experience our work, meet our puppies, volunteers, staff and assistance dogs. Appearing at the event so far: Mary Ray Zoo Bus [...]

Team Richardson update

Paul and Jasper the dog ran 10k in aid of PAWS! They have raised a huge £380 through their Justgiving site: http://www.justgiving.com/PaulandJasper Paul and Jasper completed their run in 51 minutes 43 secs! Here are some snaps from before, during and after. Both looked very professional in their matching Dogs for the Disabled running t-shirts, [...]

£1000 donation

We would like to say a big thank you to Stratford Dog Training Club for their donation of £1000 to PAWS. We went along to accept the cheque and saw a few familiar faces which was lovely. We also explained to club members what the money was going towards and how the PAWS service works. [...]

Celebrating World Autism Awareness Day

Today is World Autism Awareness Day. As we know, dogs can have a dramatic effect on children with autism, providing a calming focus and offering the chance of new life-changing opportunities. In celebration of World Autism Awareness Day, please share our short film about our PAWS research and help spread the word about how dogs can [...]