Skip to main content

Waggy Tails Club gets professional dog trainer

Waggy Tails Club gets professional dog trainer

Waggy Tails Club helps young people with disabilities receive a sense of worth, value, fun and fulfilment, with the opportunity to meet and make new like-minded friends. With a Leader Award Grant from the Jack Petchey Foundation, the club was able to get a professional dog trainer in which enhanced the classes making them fun and safe.

The trainer found new and unique ways to help the young disabled members have fun with the dogs while remaining safe. The young people loved the new activities and went away feeling as though they were achievers and good at something.

Sarah, one of the staff members, said: “To see everyone’s smiling faces is fantastic. Also to know that we had someone helping us who understands dog behaviour is a valuable asset, it means that everyone is happy and safe. Having a qualified dog trainer has been absolutely amazing and everyone has loved it.”

All dogs at Waggy Tails Club have some form of training from their owners but they are thought to be very special as they have passed an assessment to ensure their suitability to the children at the club. The young people believe that they are training the dogs so when they ask the dog to sit and it obeys, this gives an immediate sense of achievement and makes them feel fantastic. The children feel a sense of purpose because the dog has listened to them.

The club has five main sections: firstly, the Dog Obedience Room, where a trainer puts the Waggy Tails members and their dogs through their training. Here they will teach their dogs to sit, stay, lie down, come and walk to heel. Secondly, an Agility, Group Games and Trick Room where there are dog jumps, tunnels and weaves for training the dogs with the agility equipment. The club also has dog puzzles and Therapist led games each week. There is also a vet check area where the children can go to learn all about the dogs, as well as a reading a dog bingo section. Dog bingo has proved a great social activity for the club members.

Want to see if you’re eligible for a Leader Award Grant? Take a look here.

Share this post now!

Strictly Necessary

These cookies are required for our website to operate and include items such as whether or not to display this pop-up box or your session when logging in to the website. These cookies cannot be disabled.

Performance

We use 3rd party services such as Google Analytics to measure the performance of our website. This helps us tailor the site content to our visitors needs.

Functional

From time to time, we may use cookies to store key pieces of information to make our site easier for you to use. Examples of this are remembering selected form options to speed up future uses of them. These cookies are not necessary for the site to work, but may enhance the browsing experience.

Targeting

We may use advertising services that include tracking beacons to allow us to target our visitors with specific adverts on other platforms such as search or social media. These cookies are not required but may improve the services we offer and promote.

Change Settings

Welcome. You can control how we use cookies and 3rd party services below

Change Settings Accept
Learn how we use cookies