Meet our Amazing Team!

 

Rachel Birt

Rachel Birt

Founder, Director, Trainer & Behaviour Coach

MAD for Dogs was my dream for a long time. Thanks to serendipity in 2019, I was on a course learning about working with assistance dogs. The veterans in attendance asked what they could do to give back to their dogs that were their lifeline. I shared my knowledge and expertise and in a short space of time,  as we watched each dog, relaxing into ‘just being a dog’ with no expectations, I noticed the visible positive impact on the expressions and mood of each of the caregivers, as well as their canine friends.

Realising the important role these dogs have in the lives of  ex-service people, especially those who struggle with PTSD and how much they do truly appreciate them and see the need to give back,  I started planning ways to raise awareness and increase understanding of the uniqueness of these dogs. I am passionate about advocating for their mental and physical needs to be recognised and catered for.

Eryn Martyn-Godfrey

Eryn Martyn-Godfrey

Director, Trainer and Behaviourist

 

When Rach first shared her vision for MAD for dogs with me in 2019, I was blown away by the project and all the help it could provide.

When she asked if I would like to come on board as a director, there was no hesitation from me, I knew I wanted to help MAD for Dogs CIC.

​I can’t wait to see it grow and go from strength to strength, helping every dog.

Having been a certified behaviourist and trainer since 2007 I have always wanted to give back and now I can. Not only directly through the projects we run for veterans’ dogs but also through the workshops we run and other ways people can support MAD for Dogs.

Philip Birt

Philip Birt

Director

Rach has always wanted to give back and when she shared this vision with me, I knew it was the project for her.

With my background as a business owner and manager, I now offer my support behind the scenes.

It has been a pleasure to watch the project bloom from an idea into reality.

I love seeing the ladies do the day to day work they are passionate about, whilst I keep the books, accounts and everything else in order for MAD for Dogs CIC to tick over and achieve all it can be.

Jimmy Levene

Jimmy Levene

MAD Supervisor (The Veterans Hub Weymouth) Jan 2021- Feb 2022

In January 2021 I was in a really bad place, couldn’t see a future or light at the end of the tunnel, working for MAD for dogs and being based at The Veterans Hub, Weymouth has given me something to live for.

But, more than that, it has given me a sense of pride and a sense of belonging. I love learning about each of the dog’s different characters. As I can’t have a dog myself, by doing this work, I get to experience the pleasure you get from dogs whilst supporting other people and their dogs.

Hello! Would you like to know more about us?

 

Connect

Many people are told to spend time with animals to improve their mental health. Caring for a pet helps create a routine, reduces loneliness, promotes exercise and lifts depression. Having a dog encourages you to formulate new habits by spending time with them outdoors, meeting new people and exploring new places.

We encourage people to practise being more dog by being present in the moment, taking time to smell the air, listening to the bird song or the crashing of the waves. Stopping to investigate something that catches your attention, a beautiful tree or flower, a pebble on the beach. Making time to take your time, to be together, with no expectations so that you can both relax, reboot and recharge

Be Active

Engaging in regular physical exercise is known to go hand in hand with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups. We know that being active isn’t always about intense exercise. In fact, being active in almost any shape or form is good for both our bodies and minds. The same goes for our dogs too. They also benefit from physical and mental activity. Combining the two in our free work at The Weymouth Veterans Hub worked wonders for the dogs and their owners during our 12-month pilot project. By sharing an insight into how the dog side of each unique partnership works, the owner learns how to make that all-important difference.

Keep Learning

We are always learning new things about dogs and how they live in our world. We never stop learning. We love sharing our knowledge, expertise, and experiences with anyone who will listen. When we take time to learn about something we are passionate about, it doesn’t feel like a chore. Instead, it is our genuine commitment to making learning accessible to all. For every Veteran or Hub service user, we aim to provide free education and support to make a difference in their dog’s life.

Take Notice

Whether ‘mindfulness’ is your thing or not. Taking stock of our surroundings and practising being present in the moment is all associated with a positive mental state. Greater awareness of the world around us helps us see the unusual and notice simple pleasures. Our dogs are brilliant at doing these things. Making time to learn about how dogs see the world opens up opportunities to practise new skills. We grow your understanding of their needs to feel safe and secure and explore just how much we share in common with them. We use Free Work within our Relax, Reboot & Recharge sessions to help you take time to sit back and notice your impact each and every time you interact with your dog.

Contact Us

E: info@madfordogs.co.uk

Why don’t you have a telephone number?
We decided that not having a telephone number meant we don’t have to have someone handling phone calls each day. Instead, we can put all of our resources into making a difference for dogs.

Just because we don’t have a telephone number doesn’t mean we’re not a trustworthy organisation. Did you know that Facebook, Twitter and Google don’t have telephone numbers registered on their websites either? It also doesn’t mean we’re not available or don’t want to hear from you. Quite the opposite, we love hearing from you and always respond to messages sent to us on social media or via emails quickly.

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Your donation helps us raise awareness, provide tools and knowledge to help those dogs who support ex-service people with PTSD live longer and happier lives. For dogs that find themselves living with a Veteran with PTSD, they become that person’s lifeline giving them a reason to get out and about, create new habits and develop new routines. M.A.D for Dogs exists to Make A Difference to the mental and physical well being of dogs by creating positive change in the way they are understood. ​

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