We help the dog that helps you, so tip up, grab a brew and learn what we do!
We believe that all assistance, companion and support dogs, are more than just dogs and should be given the space, freedom and choice, to relax, recharge and reboot to nurture their own mental well-being. We provide a safe environment, demonstrate force free techniques and share take away skills to enhance each unique canine partnership. Dogs are amazing on so many levels, they make a difference and are important to all of our lives. Our unique service offers support for companion dogs that share their lives with guardians/care-givers struggling with PTSD. We specialise within the military community and emergency services, including RNLI & Coastguard. For many, their four legged buddy is their support, providing a focus and a means of slowly finding their way back into a bit of normality.
We create a calm space to learn, with specialist help focusing on the mental and emotional needs of your dog. We provide education, guidance and coaching to help you recognise when your dog needs support so you can help your best friend when he needs it. Sometimes when you are struggling your dog might be struggling too. We make a difference by supporting your dog and by offering down time and a learning opportunity you can both enjoy. We are currently working in collaboration with Veterans In Action in Hampshire and Weymouth Veterans Hub in Dorset, who offer the use of their facilities to hold our taster sessions called MAD K9 Capers. By working together, we are able to support and make a difference for both ends of the lead.
M.A.D for Dogs also work with registered Scottish charity Bravehound, and we make regular monthly visits to Scotland and throughout COVID-19 we are supporting via virtual weekly meetings with the training team. Bravehound work with ex servicemen and women and their families and for those suffering with mental and physical trauma, their team provide help and encouragement and teach dogs the skills and tasks they need in order to become support dogs. Giving their guardians a focus on training, provides a much needed life line, enabling them to slowly re-integrate safely into society. During one of my visits to Bravehound the veterans were looking for a way to give something back to their four legged supporters. It was my pleasure to introduce some of the elements of Animal Centred Education by way of a small free-work course and observe as their dogs took part. They were exploring and growing in confidence, having choice and exercising independence and investigating all the enrichment opportunities. For me, the most enlightening moments came from seeing those who were watching slowly alter, a smile would creep across a face, their eyes shone with pleasure, their posture became softer and more relaxed, as they watched their treasured companion relaxing and unwinding; they too were doing the same. Our MAD for Dogs taster sessions are a way of recreating that picture.
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