Our Unconditional Canines Programme is dedicated to training Assistance Dogs for those in need. Inspired by our Founder’s own story and Sully, the Labrador that supported him through his own struggles with mental health, we now provide dogs to those that need the same support, as well as teaching others to train their own Unconditional Canines.
Here’s the story that started it all…
After experiencing the benefits of an Assistance Dog like Sully, Will wanted to help others to receive that same support.
Our expert team of trainers hand pick dogs with the most potential from rescue centres across the UK in order to raise and train the perfect assistance dogs, changing the life of their new partner whilst simulataneously providing a second chance in life for dogs that have been given up or abandoned.
They then go through our Unconditional Canines Training Program, Levels 1 – 3, learning how to be the perfect canine companions with the skills to support their new partners with their specialised needs.
Once they complete their required level of training, these dogs are then offered to those that need them most.
We specialise in providing Assistance Dogs to those with diagnosed mental health conditions such as PTSD, depression and anxiety, however we also provide dogs for people with mental and physical disabilities.
We train our dogs to help with specific tasks such as providing support during panic attacks, responding to medication reminders, guiding to the nearest exit and many more to suit the intended partner.
Here’s the story that started it all…
Our Train Your Own (T.Y.O.) Programme is your opportunity to skip the waiting lists and work with your own dog to transform them into a fully qualified and registered Assistance Dog. After an initial assessment to determine your dog’s suitability for the programme you will then be assigned an expert coach who will guide you and your dog through each level. Through a series of one to one lessons you will be able to raise and train your own Assistance Dog under the guidance and support of our team of experts. For many this path proves even more beneficial than a pre-trained dog from a training and relationship perspective as you will have the dog with you from day one.
The programme runs through three tiers, with each level requiring you to have completed the previous levels prior to starting. Here’s a brief overview of how it works:
Before you can begin the T.Y.O. programme we need to assess your dog’s temperament and their current level of training. This will help us determine your dog’s suitability for becoming an Assistance Dog. This will be done one-to-one with one of our expert trainers where they will test your dog in a variety of scenarios to see how they react. Based on the results the team will be able to advise you whether your dog is suitable for the programme and indicate the amount of lessons they are likely to need to pass each level.
All dogs over 6 months old are eligible for an initial assessment for a one off fee of £195. The assessment will last up to 90 minutes.
After completing an initial assessment and being cleared to start, you will begin a series of one-to-one lessons with your coach. In Level 1 you will begin laying the foundations for the perfect Assistance Dog in future. That means training your dog to be the perfect canine companion, with mastery of basic obedience training under levels of distraction, excellent socialisation, and impeccable manners so they can go anywhere with you and be calm and under control at all times.
When your coach believes you are ready they will put you forward for assessment by one of our expert trainers to determine if your dog is ready to move on to Level 2.
All dogs must complete a minimum of 3 lessons at Level 1 before being eligible for the Level 1 end-assessment. Each lesson will last for up to 90 minutes and has a fee of £195. Assessments are priced at £295.
Once your dog has passed their Level 1 end-assessment they will be ready to start Level 2 lessons. In Level 2 we will take everything we learned in Level 1 and proof it under even higher levels of distraction. Under the guidance of your coach will you take your dog’s obedience work to more advanced levels. Your dog will be socialised to an extremely high level so that they are calm and relaxed meeting new people. Your coach will also help you ensure your dog’s manners will remain impeccable no matter the situation you find yourself in.
When your coach believes you are ready they will put you forward for the Level 2 end-assessment by one of our expert trainers to determine if your dog is ready to move on to Level 3.
All dogs must complete a minimum of 3 lessons at Level 2 before being eligible for the Level 2 end-assessment. Each lesson will last for up to 90 minutes and has a fee of £195. Assessments are priced at £295.
After passing their Level 2 end-assessment your dog will be ready for Level 3 lessons. At Level 3 we will work with you to identify at least three tasks which are specific to you and your requirements for your dog to assist with. We will then work together to train these tasks to perfection in order to allow your dog to qualify as a registered Assistance Dog.
When your coach believes you are ready they will put you forward for the Level 3 end-assessment by one of our expert trainers to determine if your dog is ready to be signed off as an Assistance Dog.
All dogs must complete a minimum of 3 lessons at Level 3 before being eligible for the Level 3 end-assessment. Each lesson will last for up to 90 minutes and has a fee of £195. Assessments are priced at £295.
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