Thank you for your interest in our Service Dogs UK Assistance Dog Programme for veterans of the Armed Forces and Emergency Services with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Please see the information below about our Programme…
- Eligibility Criteria,
- What We Provide (in short),
- How To Apply and
- What Happens Next.
Eligibility criteria – who can apply?
Service Dogs UK is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce and eliminating unlawful discrimination. The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative of all sections of society and our customers, and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best. The organisation – in providing goods and/or services and/or facilities -is also committed against unlawful discrimination of customers or the public.
Service Dogs UK purpose is to:
• provide equality, fairness and respect for all in our employment, whether temporary, part-time or full-time
• not unlawfully discriminate because of the Equality Act 2010 protected characteristics of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race (including colour, nationality, and ethnic or national origin), religion or belief, sex (gender) and sexual orientation
• oppose and avoid all forms of unlawful discrimination. This includes in pay and benefits, terms and conditions of employment, dealing with grievances and discipline, dismissal, redundancy, leave for parents, requests for flexible working, and selection for employment, promotion, training or other developmental opportunities
The organisation commits to:
• encourage equality and diversity in the workplace as they are good practice and make business sense
• create a working environment free of bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination, promoting dignity and respect for all, and where individual differences and the contributions of all staff are recognised and valued
Applications are open to members/veterans who have served or are serving in HM Armed Forces & Emergency Services (including MCA & RNLI & UKSAR) who …
- have a clinical diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and …
- are based/living in West Sussex, Surrey and East & North Hampshire or are based/living in Somerset, Wiltshire, Dorset & Devon and …
- are committed to partaking in the PTSD Assistance Dog Programme which is around 9 months long and involves 2 weekly training sessions.
- we do NOT provide PTSD Assistance Dog Training to already existing dogs or puppies.
- we are NOT able to place an Assistance Dog (in training) with (an) already existing dog(s) in the household.
- we do not provide professional mental health support.
- we do not offer open training sessions for veterans to visit prior to any Programme Acceptance.
If you do NOT meet our eligibility criteria please have a read of our Frequently Asked Questions.
What is the PTSD Assistance Dog Programme
We provide an intensive dog training programme of around 9 months where you will get partnered with a rescue dog with the aim to become an Assistance Dog Partnership.
We do not select specific breeds or train, already existing, pet dogs or puppies.
The rescue dogs the charity selects are in need of a home, friendship and love. They are assessed thoroughly for temperament and character prior to being partnered with a veteran.
You will learn how to train the dog, look after him or her, obtain new skills and routines and become a responsible guardian under the guidance of our supportive team in weekly sessions. Find out more click here.
The dogs we train are not pets or solely companions, they are trained to be with you 24/7 as working PTSD Assistance Dogs.
Our training programme is FREE to our clients.
Please download and read our Veteran Considerations before Applying leaflet – click here.
How to Apply to the PTSD Assistance Dog Programme…
If you meet our eligibility criteria as mentioned above, we will need a Full Application, you can do this in 3 different ways:
What Happens Next…
- Once you have applied and we have your details and provided you are eligible, you will be contacted either via telephone or email.
- Upon a successful first telephone interview, we will conduct a home assessment to establish your suitability for the programme.
- It is on the basis of the above that we will review Suitability and Programme Acceptance.
- If you are accepted on the programme you will be invited to a training session to meet the team.
- After that, you’d be joining the Programme which will be explained to you in full detail.
Applying does not automatically mean you will be accepted.