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My dog is RAW fed, can they still become a Therapy Dog?

Yes.  We allow raw fed dogs to join TDN.  There is no evidence to show that raw fed dogs prove a higher infection risk than kibble fed dogs and we believe in feeding your dog a complete balanced species appropriate diet.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) produced guidelines in 2017 stating that RAW fed dogs should not visit a hospital environment but in practice, many hospitals we visit have made a judgement based on their own experience and have not excluded us from visiting.  That said, an establishment may ask that they do not have a RAW fed dog in which case we will respect their decision and help you find an alternative placement.

Where do I go for support?

Sometimes things don’t always go to plan.  You may need additional support and guidance, or you may not be comfortable with a person or situation.

It could be something very simple or a more complex situation We have a dedicated Wellbeing Officer who will listen to you and offer help and support.  In addition, you may contact your ATL, RM or any of the Trustees who are happy to help.

Safety

Volunteering with TDN is very rewarding.  The concept of Animal Assisted Therapies (AAT) is very simple but highly effective.  We want you to enjoy your time with us.  However, if for any reason you become uncomfortable during your visits or are being asked to do something you are not happy with, please politely decline and remove yourself from that situation.  Your safety and wellbeing, and that of your dog, are of paramount importance.