Individual ‘school’ therapy dogs – work on a one to one basis with a student, who is the main trainer and handler with key members of staff supporting. This support will be specific to the young person but may include helping with anxiety, depression, anger, those at risk and social deprivation. Including disorders like ADHD, Autism.
School therapy dogs - will eventually work full-time in the school environment performing many beneficial tasks. These dogs work in various roles i.e. enhancing learning and focus levels; promoting quiet, calm, kindness; providing positive greetings; helping with relationship building; opening communication channels; supporting students with high anxiety cope with situations; they are mechanisms to teach behaviour control and reasoning; give students a chance to take control in a positive manner; including all visiting dog tasks etc.
Assistance dogs - Once certified, each PFS dog will have been trained and assessed to be able to offer a number of specifically designed roles for people with a recognised disability in order to minimise or mitigate a person’s disability (at least 3 assistance tasks per dog).
Visiting dogs (social visits, school visits and homes for the elderly) – Will spend a few hours visiting environments for specific roles - very much like the social visits that happen now e.g. reward dogs – reward for behaviour; reading to dogs – encourage reluctant readers; displays – educational purposes (bite prevention); snuggling (comfort and stroking sessions for anxiety, depression, ADHD etc); individual intervention programs to teach empathy, responsibility etc.