WE INCREASE UNDERSTANDING
Did you know there are over a quarter of the population in the UK who own dogs? Despite this, there are a lot of misunderstandings about how to meet their needs. At MAD for Dogs, we work hard to increase the understanding of these animals. Having a dog can transform our lives, and we can repay them by learning ways to make their lives and ours the best they can be together.
Whether you are living with PTSD, anxiety, depression or any other mental illness, we know the vital role your pet dogs play in your day to day life. We record podcasts and write blog posts about living with and enriching the lives of the dogs who support you (and us) in a friendly and accessible way. We don’t believe in complicating things unnecessarily, and everything we do comes from a place of compassion and empathy.
MAD for Dogs Team
WE CHAMPION DOGS
For veterans with PTSD, it is often suggested that they get a dog to help them get out and about, get into a routine, and encourage them to exercise. Very few veterans meet the criteria to receive a service dog. Instead, they seek a pet dog or a puppy to fulfil the role. M.A.D for Dogs CIC exists to ensure the dogs’ well-being is highlighted. Having spoken to many veterans and their families, their pet dogs become their lifelines. Until now, the dog’s needs have gone unnoticed or unrecognised. Often, they age prematurely, having taken on the stresses and strains of their owners. They can become obese and have health issues more frequently seen in older dogs.
We increase understanding of the uniqueness of all dogs and are passionate about supporting their mental and physical needs.
We are exploring different revenue streams to make sure we can continue to provide services to everyone who wants to learn more about their dogs and create a positive change in their lives. What makes us unique is that any profits are ploughed back into our community projects and the veteran hubs, making a difference for them and their dogs too.
We have first-hand experience living with a dog who supports you through anxiety, depression and PTSD. We understand how all-consuming isolation can be and how vital our dogs are to our recovery. We’ve vowed to do our best to make a difference for all dogs, and specifically those dogs who give people something to live for every day.
The mental health of your dog is just as important as their physical health and we are working hard to get this message out there.
Our organisation works alongside Veterans and their community to raise awareness, provide tools and knowledge to help those pet dogs who support ex-service people live longer and happier lives. We work closely with Veteran Hubs, their service users, local communities and companies to help them understand dogs more, what they can do to make a difference and how they can support those who rely on their dogs as a lifeline.
OUR PILOT PROJECT
Weymouth Veterans Hub
We run sessions at the hub for the Weymouth Veterans and their dogs within the Sgt Levene Room and garden, it is a place for quiet contemplation.
At MAD for Dogs, we increase people’s understanding of dogs, holding Relax, Reboot and Recharge sessions at The Veterans Hub, Weymouth, making a difference for every dog.
These are 30-minute sessions where dogs are given the chance to just be dogs, whilst we coach the humans on how to sit back, observe, gather information and support. These sessions are the dog equivalent of childrens’ Sensory Play. As your dog moves over different surfaces and textures it encourages learning through exploration, curiosity, problem solving and creativity. It helps to build nerve connections in the brain and encourages the development of posture and motor skills.
By creating this therapeutic safe space, we help to reduce stress by offering a calming place for veterans to escape to, enabling them to relax, reboot and recharge as well as their dog.
Run weekly on a Tuesday & Wednesday, book your slot below.
Veterans In Action
The Old Grain Store, Redenham Park Farm, Andover, SP11 9AQ
Sessions will commence in April 2022 . We intend to roll out a similar type of project as the Weymouth Hub with Veterans In Action in Andover in 2022 and are already in planning about what will work for them.
Make A Donation
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.