Posted on 4th July 2017

THE CHANGING LIVES THROUGH DOGS PROJECT  is perfect for young people who don’t quite fit into mainstream school and who would thrive in an environment such as our farm.

Currently we are providing  daily sessions of 4 hours. Each session is made up of a 2 hour training session where each participant will gain relevant skills and experience from working in a farm type environment with dogs

The course that we are working towards is designed for beginners so it is not important for the young person to have any experience working with dogs or the outdoors, they simply have to show a desire to be in this environment and of course, love dogs!

This project can be made as flexible as possible to suit an individuals’ needs, and we can adapt the sessions accordingly. We would however recommend that weekly attendance is necessary to ensure good progression and continuity of learning.

We understand that schools are already under financial pressure so we intend to keep the costs to a minimum in the hope that it will be affordable.

The minimum cost per 4-hour session would be £25. This would include 4 hours of tuition, and hire of safety hat.

We can be flexible on times and days between 10am-4pm, Monday –Friday.

The course will cover:


The role and responsibilities of the dog walker

Assessing the exercise needs of dogs

Practical experience in the community of walking other people’s dogs

Building an effective professional relationship with dogs and people

Providing effective varied exercise in all seasons

Safety and risk assessment skills including management of emergencies

Correct use of ethical dog training equipment for various dogs and




Basic trim of a dog

Bathing and cleaning dogs

Cleaning and maintaining equipment used for grooming or removing hair from animals

Controlling and restraining animals

Drying dogs and preparing their coat for styling

Preparing and grooming dogs prior to bathing


Discover the importance of pet grooming, why it is needed and the equipment needed.

Learn the history behind pet grooming.

Understand the basic health of dogs, along with their anatomy, parasites and maintaining health.

Learn the importance of pre-grooming health assessment.

Learn why pre-grooming checks are crucial and when a dog must be referred to a vet due to a possible skin or eye infections.

Identify and understand good bathing techniques, along with drying methods i.e. air flow, towelling, shaking, drying between the pads on their paws etc, and appropriate clothing.

Our Vision

‘To support people to develop the skills,and the desire, to return to education and/or employment’

We passionately believe that dogs have a remarkable role to play in the help available to young people when more traditional methods have failed them. The farm environment provides a powerful way of inspiring young people to connect, improve well-being and become productive members of society.

Changing Lives through Dogs is a new programme which will be shaped over time to provide a wholly sustainable intervention which will change the lives of those it reaches.

Our Mission

We will work in partnership to deliver a programme which meets the needs of disengaged young people, to change their lives through the development of key life skills, and engage them back into society. The success of the programme will be measured through the evidence of change within key skill areas. We will be led by the following core principles:

  • To change lives through dogs
  • To be sustainable
  • To build effective partnerships to create a world class education initiative
  • To be knowledge based
  • To nurture now for the future

Who are the target audience?

The programme will be aimed at young people in secondary school education who would be more suited to an alternative provision to mainstream school. We envisage over time the programme will be expanded to support a wider disengaged community.

If you would like any further information regarding our courses, please call 0161 969 5853

Carrington Riding Centre