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The PAWS Therapy Dog Certification is the most comprehensive and supportive programme that will equip you and your dog with everything you need to know, and do, to deliver safe and effective animal-assisted therapy. When you enrol, you'll access:
Four Comprehensive Modules Access easy-to-follow and bitesized Video Lessons that will walk you through everything you need to know and do.
In-Person Dog Assessment
One of our expert trainers will visit your practice in-person to give you guidance, training recommendations and see your therapy dog 'at work' .
LIVE Supervision Sessions Attend live Supervision Sessions with Nici and fellow PAWS Therapy Dog Practitioners, to seek support and ask questions.
Client Tools & Templates Access the comprehensive kit of tools, templates, policies and training journals to support you and your dog along the journey.
Access via Mobile App Take your learning to the next level by accessing video lessons and downloads on-the-go with our easy App for Apple and Android.
Private Community Group Share your discoveries, your wins and get support and inspiration from fellow Practitioners who are making a difference.
Ongoing Expert Support You're never alone when you're part of PAWS. The expert team are on-hand to help, just reach out!
Welcome Pack Kickstart your PAWS Therapy Dog journey with the jam-packed welcome pack when you enrol.
People and Animal Wellbeing Services (better known as PAWS) is the culmination of a very personal journey that started over six years ago, when I had a dawning realisation that my daughter was really struggling.
Since then, I have completed numerous qualifications in Animal Assisted Therapy, Understanding Autism, Counselling, Mental Health First Aid and a Dog Training Certification which has led me to fulfil my life’s work to enhance the wellbeing of those who experience poor mental health, disability or social disadvantage.
PAWS is more than a passion for me... It’s a mission, to bring the magic of Animal Assisted Therapy to those who can most benefit.
The PAWS Therapy Dog Certification Programme is £1997 + VAT. We have subsidised funding options available which reduce the investment to £997 + VAT. You can select to apply for subsidised funding on initial application and our team will be able to let you know if you are eligible.
How do I know it's right for me?
If you love dogs and believe in the power of animal assisted therapy - and you work in an educational, clinical or therapeutic capacity - the programme is perfect for you.
Are there payment plans?
Yes! You can pay in full, or split your instalments into either two or four interest-free instalments. The payment plan options also apply to subsidised spaces. These are in high demand, so please note that subsidised spaces cannot be held or guaranteed.
Do I need a dog to get started?
You can get started on the programme without a dog, but you will need a dog to be able to complete the programme. Most applicants have a pet dog whom they believe would make a good Therapy Dog, although many of our applicants are also awaiting puppies.
Is there an enrolment date?
You can get started with the programme right away! You'll get instant access to the programme as soon as you enrol.
Does my location matter?
Due to the in-person assessment that takes place towards the end of the programme, you must currently be residing in the UK. Our Assessors travel nationwide.
How long does the programme take to complete?
We recommend that the programme takes around 4 months to complete, but there is no time limit or deadline. You can work through at your own pace and take your assessment when you are ready.
What does the programme consist of?
The programme contains four high-quality video-based modules, with supporting resources. The lessons are easy to work through and easy to binge watch - like Netflix, but with Therapy Dogs!
What will the programme enable me to do?
The programme will enable you to deliver safe and effective Animal Assisted Therapy & Animal Assisted Interventions in your workplace or business. You will be a PAWS Accredited Practitioner and your dog will be a PAWS Accredited Therapy Dog. You'll be be able to proudly display our digital badge, as well as order a PAWS Therapy Dog jacket for your dog to wear whilst they are working.
How am I assessed?
There are quiz assessments throughout the modules which must be submitted with a pass mark of 70%. Your final assessment will consist of an online theory assessment, an in-person assessment and a compliance check. There are no written essays in the Therapy Dog Certification Programme.
When is the in-person assessment?
The in-person assessment can be booked at any time to suit you when you've reached Module Three. It lasts around 2 hours. The assessment is a great opportunity for feedback and improvement. We're about progress, not perfection!
What if I need help or support?
The PAWS team are here to help on email@example.com. You'll never be on your own during the programme - support is available via our online community group and with weekly live Supervision Clinics.