Trainer at Dog A.I.D.
Mike Garner is an assistance dog trainer for Dog A.I.D. in Brighton & Hove.
I am a registered instructor with Dog A.I.D. (Assistance in Disability)
Dog A.I.D. is a registered charity that helps people with physical disabilities train their own dogs. The training consists of a three tiered system. Level one, Companion Level, is basic obedience and some useful task training. For some people this is all they require. Level two, is the Advanced Companion Level, and for dogs with all round sociability; this is where dogs acquire further skills and continue the training in the useful tasks that are of help to their owner. At Level 3, Assistance dog Level, owners and their dogs go out into public places and practise putting these skills into operation. At the end of each level owners & their dogs are assessed and awarded a certificate issued from the office to show their achievements.
All training with Dog A.I.D. is free; however, we do ask for a donation equal to or towards the cost of the trainers' travelling expenses and in some cases the hire of a venue. The agreement for this financial commitment is made prior to the commencement of training and payments are made to the Treasurer so that it goes through the accounts as required by charity law.
If you are physically disabled and would like an informal discussion about your dog's suitability and the criteria for becoming a Dog A.I.D. client please call me on 01273 875 654.
For an application form for Dog A.I.D. please contact Dog A.I.D. Earlyworld House, 7 Darwin Court, Oxon Business Park, Welshpool Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 5AL. Phone number 01743 588469.
If you don't have a dog but would like to train your own assistance dog, I may be able to help you find a dog or puppy to train under the Dog A.I.D. scheme. Please get in touch if this idea appeals to you.
Please see www.dogaid.org.uk for more information.