Dogs for Development CIC

Dogs for Development CIC offers the following:

Individual canine assisted therapy:

Promoting positive 1:1 human-animal interactions for vulnerable children and/or adults with learning disabilities and/or autism, helping to develop: confidence; communication and social interaction skills.

Group canine assisted therapy:

Programmes designed for a group of clients who may have similar needs. Promoting positive human-animal interactions in a group setting, helping to develop: social cohesion and combat social isolation.


Leading fun and fully interactive sessions for mainstream children on ‘Introduction to Dog Behaviour‘. Our key aims are to improve behaviour and social interaction skills, whilst enhancing educational engagement.

Therapeutic agility classes:

Agility helps to strengthen the bond between dog and handler. Clients begin to learn how to communicate effectively in order to ensure the dog completes the course successfully.

Sensory storytelling for clients with learning disabilities. Storytelling is an important part of human communication, it helps build trust; connection and active listening skills. Our dogs play a central role in the stories, which helps clients connect to the dogs, to each other and to the world around them

Who the service provides for

Adults and children with learning disabilities, and/or autism, and/or EBD, and/or mental health.

Low-attaining children in mainstream settings.

Hours of operation

Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm

How the service is accessed

See details below

Phone number


Operational locations

  • Colchester
  • Tendring


10 Colchester Road
West Mersea
Nr Colchester