Frequently Asked Questions

How does the application process work?

PADs Foundation accepts preliminary applications year round. If this meets PADs Foundation’s membership criteria, an email will be sent out with an invitation to submit a full application.

Please note:  submitting a full application does not mean the applicant is automatically approved for membership.

There will be an application form download available here soon. We are currently registering the first 20 applicants, please email us here to be put on the list:

When all parts of the full application have been received, the application is reviewed by an independent Medical Review Board (MRB) who meets approximately every 6-8 weeks.  The MRB makes the final determination on whether applicants are approved or denied, and applicants are notified by mail within thirty (30) days of the decision.

Where do we offer membership?

Throughout the UK: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

What does membership give me?

Firstly you will receive a membership card which is renewable every 12 months, so that both you and your dog are regularly assesed. Your preliminary membership will allow you to use our Assistance Dog In Training tabard so that both you, your trainer and your dog can go into public places, however any establishment may refuse you entry if your dog misbehaves. This is also the case though when your dog is fully trained. …the law, equality act

How much does it cost?

Membership costs £11.00 a year which covers the costs of the membership card. The Assistance Dog and Assistance Dog In Training tabard will be the cost of us buying and embroidering the PADs Foundation logo. We will also be selling T shirts, fleeces and dog fleece blankets for your dog to lie on when out in due course. We are currently fundraising to promote public awareness, provide online training materials, provide stickers that you can ask friendly shops to put in their windows. We will be putting a list of national chains and other places including shops, restaurants, cafes and music venues soon.

Am I able to train my own dog?

Yes, that is one of the main reasons PADs Foundation is in existence, but you and your dog have to pass our Public Access Test which usually takes between 12 to 18 months of training. This can be done by you but we recommend using a positive enforcing dog trainer who is familiar with both you and your needs and the Public Access Test. The main reason why owner training, with or without a trainer, is so important for psychiatric assistance is because you and your dog will get to know each other and the training of your dog will be able for and with you. We will be adding training advice for you in due course. Please note that we do not train dogs.

What is a suitable dog to be an Assistance Dog?

See breed list

What are the age requirements?

Currently you must be 18 or over.

How am I deemed fit to have a Psychiatric Assistance Dog?

As part of the application process, your psychologist or doctor that is familiar with your mental history will need to verify that you are fit enough to both look after a dog and be safe with one in public places. Your condition must have been officially diagnosed at least 12 months previously to your application date and must be a significant mental health condition:

  • PTSD
  • Severe Depression
  • Severe Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • Dissociative episodes

If you have any additional questions, please contact us here or email: