Please download and read the documents at the bottom of this page carefully, and if you feel you would like to make an application, please click on the link below to fill in our online assessment application form.
You must be over 18 to make the application, but parents can apply on behalf of children who are under 18, and carers can apply for people over the age of 18.
Where the main recipient of help from the dog is a child under 18 or an adult with limited capacity, it is understood that a parent or carer will be the main handler of the dog and will be in charge of the dog in public at all times.
Assistance Dogs must be in good health, fit and able to work. If your dog has a health issue and you feel it is well managed please discuss it with us before submitting an application. It is very important for the welfare of your dog that it undergoes a veterinary check at least once per year.
We have no breed exclusions other than those breeds currently illegal in the UK under the Dangerous Dogs Act.
There are certain unwanted behaviours which would prevent a dog from passing the initial assessment, but our assessor would either advise a training regimen in order to re-apply at a later date (re-assessment is free of charge), or in some cases you may be advised that your dog is really not suitable to work in public and begin training as a Pawsable assistance dog. These behaviours include:-
We will always try to be helpful and advise training and re-assessment if we feel it is appropriate, however we will be honest too. Dogs displaying the behaviours above are not suitable to be working in public, and it would be unethical of us to suggest differently.
Owner trained dogs have the same legal rights as any assistance dog trained through a charity or training provider. It is not a requirement for your dog to be a member of any organisation for it to work as an assistance dog. Pawsable is here to help those who 'owner-train' their own dogs to do so with confidence with the support of an experienced group of dog training professionals, providing a well proven training framework and ultimately, peace of mind.
Although service providers are expected to make 'reasonable adjustment' to enable everyone to access their services with equal opportunity, the law states that accepting a dog on their premises is still their choice, and even Guide Dogs for the Blind are not exempt from this.
The reality is that very few places who see an assistance dog belonging to a trusted organisation with supporting documentation will refuse entry.
Where they do, our support team will negotiate on your behalf, making sure we can offer the service provider peace of mind and confidence that the dog is being trained in accordance with internationally recognised assistance dog standards.
Being a Pawsable member gives you that foundation of support and a network of help and expertise that you don't have when you are an owner trainer in isolation.