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'Assistance Dogs: A Practical Guide for Business Owners'
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'An Introduction to Assistance Dogs'

This course provides a unique and highly informative insight into the topics you should consider when applying for an Autism Assistance Dog. As well as the online content, you are also invited to take part in weekly Zoom session with Ruth Gregory and her working Assistance Dog 'Ryder'. The course will take place over a three week period and will be split into three units:

  • Preparing for your Assistance Dog
  • Caring for your Assistance Dog
  • Interacting with your Assistance Dog


For our 'An Introduction to Assistance Dogs' course, we hold intakes for the course in February, May, August, and November, with 30 places being available for each intake.

If you are interested in a place of the course, please send an email to


  • 'An Introduction to Assistance Dogs' is priced at £44.99
  • People considering applying for an Assistance Dog through Autism Dogs Charity.

Assistance Dogs: A Practical Guide for Business Owners

When you enroll on the courses, you will be given access to exclusive learning content that you can download, print and keep! You will also receive a certificate when you successfully complete the course!


  • This course is available for FREE!


Our 'Assistance Dogs: A Practical Guide for Business Owners' course is accessible at all times.

Frequently asked questions

Q: How long will I have access to the online course content?
A: You will have access to the course content for 3 months.

Q: What are the technical requirements for the course?
A: The technical guidelines are the following:
⦁ Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge are supported although they may need to be updated to a more recent version.
⦁ JavaScript enabled
⦁ PDF plugin
⦁ Graphic and audio output capability
⦁ Broadband internet connection with minimum speed of 5MBps
⦁ TLS 1.2 supported by browser
⦁ Zoom application needs to be downloaded if using a smartphone or tablet for the Zoom calls ('An Introduction to Assistance Dogs' course only).


Successfully attending and completing courses, seminars, short-term internships, volunteering, or workshops with Autism Dogs Charity does not signify that the attendee is a service/assistance dog trainer or qualified to train and/or place service/assistance dogs.  Assistance Dog International has specific standards that an individual must meet in order to be an assistance dog trainer - and taking part in these activities does not meet these requirements.

If you are interested in a place on this course, please send an email to