Autism and Down’s Syndrome:

Our Helpful Hounds are specially trained to help young people on the Autism spectrum and those with Down’s syndrome, by helping them gain independence and improve their quality of life.

We train all of our dogs to perform at least three tasks, in line with Assistance Dog UK Standards.

A number of ways our Helpful Hounds do this include:

  • Interrupting self-harming behaviours.
  • Performing DPT (Deep Pressure Therapy) or PPT (Pinpoint Pressure Therapy) in order to reduce the young person’s anxiety by using the dogs weight.
  • Creating a safe space around the young person by using the dog to block various passer’s by.
  • Training the dog to ‘sit’ while attached to a young person if they try and ‘bolt’.
  • Giving the young person a way of socialising with their peers by engaging in conversation about the Helpful Hound.
  • Sitting or resting next to the young person in various situations, such as on public transport, in the bedroom in order to reduce sensory overload and allow the young person to calm down and enter a relaxed state.
  • Fetching the young person’s medication.

If you believe you or a young person you know could benefit from a Helpful Hound, please click the following link:

Physical Disabilities:

Our Helpful Hounds are specially trained to help young people with physical disabilities, such as POTS, Cerebral Palsy and Muscular Dystrophy by granting them independence and improving their quality of life. We train all of our dogs to perform at least three tasks, in line with Assistance Dog UK Standards.

A number of ways our Helpful Hounds do this include:

  • Pushing traffic light buttons.
  • Pushing disabled buttons.
  • Taking off items of clothing like socks, gloves, unzipping jackets etc.
  • Retrieving dropped items off the floor.
  • Taking items out of the washing machine.
  • Fetching medication.
  • Opening and closing doors and drawers.

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Mental Health:

Our Helpful Hounds are specially trained to help those with Mental Health disorders, such as depression, anxiety, OCD and Tourette’s by helping to grant them independence and improving the quality of their lives. A number of ways our Helpful Hounds do this include:

  • Interrupting self-harming behaviours.
  • Performing DPT (Deep Pressure Therapy) or PPT (Pinpoint Pressure Therapy) in order to reduce the young person’s anxiety by using the dogs weight.
  • Creating a safe space around the young person by using the dog to block various passer’s by.
  • Training the potential Helpful Hound to whine, nudge or paw the young person’s leg via a hand signal to give them an excuse to leave a social encounter that is making them uncomfortable.
  • Going into a room and searching it, before the young person enters.
  • Sitting or resting next to the young person in various situations, such as on public transport, in the bedroom in order to reduce sensory overload and allow the young person to calm down and enter a relaxed state.
  • Fetching the young person’s medication.

If you believe you or a young person you know could benefit from a Helpful Hound, please click the following link: