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Psychological Assistance Dogs UK (PADsUK) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing the benefits of Psychological Assistance Dogs (sometimes called Psychiatric Service Dogs or PSDs in other countries) to users in the UK.

The role that dogs play in improving the health and well-being of their human companions is well documented. Dogs have been used for years in therapeutic settings to aid the recovery of individuals with mental health issues. However, the United Kingdom has not thus far had support for these individuals to benefit from the use of an assistance dog. We are a group of interested individuals from the area of assistance dog training, mental health, and law intent on establishing a charity for the training and placement of Psychological Assistance Dogs (PADs).

PADs have been successfully used in other countries for many years now. It is evident through the work of similar organisations elsewhere that PADsUK could bring a new and positive element to Assistance Dog provision in the UK, whilst integrating beneficially with the current Assistance Dog community. PADsUK eagerly anticipate becoming positive contributors with a constructive role in the Assistance Dog community, and look forward to working with those with further expertise in this area.

If you are interested in more information about this type of Assistance Dog please refer to our FAQ section and read our public information document found online here or download it for offline reading or printing here. The document is in PDF form, and so will require a PDF reader like Acrobat or Foxit. If you need the document in another format for any reason, please contact us and we can accommodate your need. Please be aware that due to high levels of demand our waiting list is currently closed .