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Welcome to the Adolescent Dogs Online Academy for Owner Trained Assistance Dogs in the UK

Who are we?



We are a team of qualified, force free dog trainers who have been training family dogs for over 15 years, often helping Owner Trained Assistance Dogs to reach their goals

Sadly the waiting list for owners to seek help from charities is often long (up to 5 years), or their lists are full due to increasing demand, making it difficult for many owners to access the help they need and taking them further away from their dream of training their dog to assist them in everyday life

Our mission is to help as many owners as possible to turn this dream into a reality, providing top quality training they can follow from home, along with our personal support and coaching, so that they can train their own dog to become an assistance dog for them.   


We provide training through all stages of development, from puppy training and early socialisation, temperament testing, basic to advanced obedience and teaching tasks. We regularly assess members on their training level, mirroring the same high standards being used for assistance dogs around the world.

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Mission statement

Helping disabled people to train their own assistance dogs.  We will do this by:

  • Giving them access to qualified, force free trainers

  • We will provide a high standard of training throughout each dog's life

  • We will educate the public about disabled peoples rights under the Equality Act 2010.   

  • We will commit to animal welfare and train and work only fit healthy dogs.  

  • We will educate all our members about their legal responsibilities as a dog owner and an assistance dog handler.

  • We will regularly assess every dog that is registered with the Adolescent Dogs Assistance Programme

  • We will create a friendly community for members to support each other every step of the way.

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Our Application Process

Our programme is open to anyone wishing to train their own dog to aid in their disability. We accept puppies as young as 8 weeks of age to begin their learning journey


Not every dog is suitable to become an assistance dog, and not every dog / owner team will reach the standard of training required to pass all the assessments, which are held in Ewhurst, Surrey


You will need to provide:

  • A letter from your doctor stating your disability and the fact that they consider that a dog would support you with your condition

  • A letter from your vet to state that your dog is fit and healthy and suitable to be an assistance dog.  

To become an Assistance Dog, your dog must:

  • Have a sound temperament; not show any fear or reactivity issues

  • Be trained to an advanced level (we can help with this)

  • Demonstrate 3 specific skills that provide assistance you need because of your disability (we can also help with this training)

Dogs with behavioural issues are rarely suitable to train as assistance dogs, so please contact us for a free assessment.

Assessments can be done throughout the year and are completed in-person in Ewhurst, Surrey. Virtual assessments are not available for this programme.

There are 5 assessments your dog must pass before you can become a fully training Assistance Dog / Handler Team:

  • Temperament Test

  • Bronze

  • Silver

  • Gold

  • Access Test

Each assessment costs £50 and is undertaken by a fully qualified and experienced instructor.

Informal assessments can be done prior to a formal assessment by sending in videos of each requirement for analysis and feedback. This informal assessment is provided as part of theprogramme and does not have any additional cost.

You must complete a minimum of 120 hours of training over a minimum period of 18 months before you can take your Public Access Assessment.

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Over 350 videos

Instantly access 16 courses with over 350 video tutorials

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Weekly Live Q&A

Ask Jenny & Mike questions LIVE

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Exclusive Task Group

Exclusive access to video tutorials for teaching Tasks, and an Assistance Dog community group

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A fun & supportive Facebook community group

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Monthly Live Webinars covering hot topics

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New content is FREE

Anytime we add new content or courses, you'll get it FREE

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Weekly Live Training

Live training demos with novice dogs for real world troubleshooting

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Personal support

24/7 access to us, with our personal support & guidance

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Training Plans

We'll help you keep your training on track by building a personal plan every week!

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There is a membership fee which can be paid weekly, monthly or annually. 

Members will be able to:

  • Access VIP CLUB training videos (If you're already a VIP member, we can simply add on the assistance course for free)

  • Access Assistance Dog videos

  • Receive online support

  • Receive ongoing support & evaluation

  • Undergo assessments (Temperament Test, Bronze, Silver, Gold & Public Access Tests)

  • Receive continual assessment required to train under the Adolescent Dogs Banner

Membership will only be granted to those who meet the eligibility criteria. All documents must be sent to 

The Assistance Dog Academy benefits from a more than 50% discount off the current Academy subscription so that we can help as many people as possible.  This is an introductory price and subject to change.

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£3.99 per week

Weekly membership plan



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11.99 per month

Monthly membership plan



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£139 per year

Yearly membership plan



Your Instructors


Jenny Trigg

Director & Head Trainer

Jenny founded Adolescent Dogs in 2006 and is passionate about modern, reward based training. She has helped to train thousands of dogs from all over the world 

Jenny is a VSA Certified Dog Trainer, a member of the Pet Professional Guild for force free dog trainers, a member of the Guild of Dog Trainers, a Professional Member of the Pet Professional Network and holds an Advanced Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour & Training


Mike Newland

Director & Head Behaviourist

Mike has been training for over 10 years and runs Adolescent Dogs with Jenny. He specialises in working with reactive dogs & behaviour, with a passion for teaching scentwork.  He is a Gold Certified UK Sniffer Dogs Instructor,  is a member of the Pet Professional Guild for force free dog trainers, a member of the Guild of Dog Trainers and a Professional Member of the Pet Professional Network (PPN)