About us

Our Vision

Our vision is to see a world where barriers are brought down by allowing dogs to open doors.

Mission Statement

PAWtected is an organisation working nationally providing accessible training and experiences within the canine industry. We do this to advance education, promote community development, advance equality, relieve disability and promote canine welfare.

Founding Summary

PAWtected originated in August 2017, when a group of disabled handlers came together to train our dogs to a recognised standard with ethical training methods. We struggled to access established organisations due to geographical and financial barriers.

The team used our wealth of experience and resources available to create a structured programme in which our members could follow to train their dog to mitigate their disabilities. From there we grew. We started to cater for pet and sport dogs as well as working dogs as well as starting to provide training for the dog’s handlers, trainers, enthusiasts and other professionals

Our purposes

To advance community education, training, life-long learning and development of individual capabilities, competencies, skills and understanding in relation to canine welfare, training and knowledge by providing training, resources and qualifcation for the benefit of the public, in particular current or potential dog owners, trainers, breeders and others involved within the canine industry across the UK. 

To advance community development through the promotion of volunteering by providing advice, training and volunteering opportunities relating to canines to the public across the UK.

To advance equality through the elimination of discrimination on the grounds of disability by providing information and advice in particular relating to Assistance Dogs to service providers across the UK and raising awareness of the issues faced in particular by Assistance Dog handlers, providing advice and information in particular relating to Assistance Dogs to the general public regarding the issues faced across the UK.

To provide relief of disability through provision of specialist advice and improving access for disabled people by providing information and advice in particular relating to Assistance Dogs and raising awareness on the issues faced by Assistance Dog handlers to disabled individuals for the public benefit across the UK.

To advance animal welfare through the promotion of kindness and prevention of cruelty to animals by providing information, advice and raising awareness in particular relating to canine welfare for the public benefit across the UK.

Our Values

Quality

We are committed to achieving and maintaining high standards so that members and clients are provided with the best experience.

Inclusion and community

We strive to include all who are interested in canines. Through our wealth of opportunities, we work to provide a service which can cater for anyone interested. Where needed we will apply reasonable adjustments or create new opportunities.

We have a strong and friendly community within PAWtected which is welcoming of all. We provide a safe and secure network in which our members can gain support. We value and respect each person and dog as an individual, ensuring that steps are put in place for each individual so that they are included.

Achievement

We work closely with our team, clients and members to ensure that every goal is achievable. We boost their metal wellbeing by enabling them to be proud of their achievements. We are committed to ensuring that everyone achieves.

Encouragement to fulfil potential

We continually develop new ways in which we can support our team, clients and members in order for them to fulfil their full potential. We work closely with our team, clients and members to ensure they have the encouragement needed in order to achieve their potential. We work together with the individual so as to create structured and individual learning plans which support the individual through their journey.

Ethical training and high standards of care

We are committed to every dog is trained using ethical reward-based methods and that every handler understands the care requirements of the dog. This ensures that all dogs we work with are happy and healthy. We will never knowingly compromise welfare. Training philosophy

Our Activities

Below provides a summary of the activities PAWtected currently provides.

Assistance Dog Awareness Campaign

This campaign will work to improve awareness of Assistance Dogs. This campaign launched in September 2019 and continue until a review in January 2021. We will make use of a range of strategies in order for this campaign to be a success. More strategies may be introduced and reassessed based on performance.

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Assistance Dog Standards Campaign

This campaign will work to improve the standards seen in Assistance Dog teams across the UK. This campaign will launch in January 2020 and continue until a review in January 2021. We will make use of a range of strategies in order for this campaign to be a success. More strategies may be introduced and reassessed based on performance.

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Dogs for Well-Being Campaign

Coming soon

Effective Communication Campaign

Coming soon

Qualifcations

We will be providing a range of qualifications/awards for both humans and dogs. These will be provided through our online Moodle platform and through assessors/trainers offering them in person. These will be available within the UK.

Our qualifications were initially launched in Nov 2017 and were relaunched in May 2019. Throughout 2020, more qualifications will be released.

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Rescue Partnerships

Coming soon

Training

We will be providing a range of training course for both humans and dogs, these will work alongside our qualifications. These will be provided through our online Moodle platform and through assessors/trainers offering them in person. These will be available within the UK.

Our qualifications were initially launched in Nov 2017 and were relaunched in May 2019. Throughout 2020, more qualifications will be released.

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Volunteering

We have a range of voluntary roles available. Click here.