About us

Hi, I’m Lisa!

I have had a vision for some years about bringing together my two passions; improving lives of those with learning disabilities and/or autism and being around dogs!

When I first saw the disused and neglected bowling green on Christchurch Park I knew it was perfect for my vision! I have spent the last few months, with the help of some fabulous friends, bringing the site back to life, chopping back thousands of brambles, weeding, trimming and mowing. I have had a fence erected to keep dogs safe and I am just about ready to go!

I am fully qualified with a Level 3 Diploma in running a Doggy Day Care, First Aid Certificates for both dogs and humans, Post Graduate Certificate in Autism and Asperger’s, Level 5 in Health and Social Care, Safeguarding, to name a few.

The Dogs Squad is fully insured and recently received a 4* licence which we are very proud of!

Based in the beautiful Christchurch Park, it is the ideal setting. The ‘Old Upper Bowling Green’ is completely enclosed with fencing all the way around, so is very safe for dogs. There is no escape!

The beautiful Bert enjoying his surroundings

For the dogs: Open Monday – Thursday 0800 – 1800

Doggies will have walks, agility training, basic grooming and lots of fun! The Upper Bowling Green is a huge site so plenty of room for romps and chases. There is a maximum of 6 dogs on site each day so they will have lots of love and 1:1 attention. Dogs can be dropped off and picked up from the Dogs Squad entrance on Westerfield Road. There is wheelchair access through the park.

For the people: Open Monday – Thursday 0930 – 1630

Many adults with learning disabilities and/or autism gain huge amounts of improvements to their well-being from being around dogs, although many cant own a dog for various reasons. There are so many benefits as all dog owners know; they get us out and about, show us unconditional love, calm us down, and give absolute joy.

The day will begin with a cup of tea and talk about what the day will bring, introducing dogs and people and pairing them up. I have had years of experience with dog training so we will have some fun doing some basic training and walking.

There will be a maximum of 6 people on each day who use this as a service, plus a couple of volunteers to help.

There is some basic agility equipment at the site, but as time goes on I intend to build some natural agility jumps etc, made from tree stumps and logs. I want the theme in keeping with the natural surroundings of the park.

As The Dogs Squad is a Community Interest Company, it will use all profits to plough into the business. It has already been supported by Inga Lockington who part funded the cost of the fencing through her locality budget – thanks Inga!

The excitable Orla enjoying the space



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