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Crufts 2018

Well Crufts is now underway and … wow what a year.


So many people coming to the stand to enquire about what TDN is and what we do… or just to unwind a bit by cuddling one of the Therapy Dogs that are  there. As always the TDN dogs, and even the volunteers, have been impeccably behaved and well turned out and are doing the charity proud. Everyone is working hard to make this the best Crufts there has been and we would like to thank everyone who has helped to make this event such a special one, each and every TDN Dog and volunteer has allowed us to get to where we are today.

If you have visited the stand or would just like to know more about your dog becoming a Therapy Dog please contact us


To view some images of our Crufts 2018 experience please click on the gallery below:



Statement on Raw Feeding

2nd Feb 2018


As Trustees of Therapy Dogs Nationwide, we feel that as responsible dog owners our volunteers have their dogs best interests and health concerns at heart. This may include what food they choose to feed.Recently there has been an outcry over raw feeding, and that raw fed dogs can transmit salmonella, campylobacter, E Coli and other diseases to the people we visit. It is true that this is possible, but the transference method is through contact with the animals’ saliva, faeces and urine. Our Therapy dogs are trained not to defecate or urinate whilst visiting and are encouraged not to lick so the risk of transference of these diseases, in our opinion, is quite low.

If we, as volunteers, utilise a more stringent hygiene regime than we already do, we feel that this risk then becomes less.

At the moment we have no plans to withdraw any of our volunteers from their placements and will only do so if the establishment they visit ask us, or the volunteer, to stop their visits. If this happens we will endeavour to find the volunteer an alternative placement.

We have set out below a set of guidelines to follow to make our visits safer and even more hygienic.

There is also a list of sites where we have sourced our information. This will be ongoing and we hope to get more evidence plus representatives of the RCVS for advisement.


Eileen Slattery – Chair

Eileen Hodge – Founder

Anne Jones – Trustee

Mary Oliver (MBE) – Trustee

Ruth Boyes (BEM) –  Trustee


  • Make sure all your vaccination/nosodes certificates are up to date and registered with Head Office.
  • Use antibacterial wipes for you and your dog before visiting. Taking extra precautions around the dogs’ bottom and mouth.
  • DO NOT let your dog lick at all.
  • Use hand gel yourself on entrance and exiting.
  • Have hand gel/antibacterial wipes to offer to patients/children/staff after they have handled/stroked the dog.
  • Before visiting make sure your dog has relieved itself and give them ample opportunity to go outside during visiting.
  • Always ensure your dog is under your control the whole time.
  • Even after all this please enjoy your visit.


You are under no obligation to inform us you are Raw Feeding but it might help us if we get queries from establishments regarding this issue. Please email

If we hear from any establishment we will inform any volunteer/volunteers that visits, in a private email.

Thank you everyone for your co-operation.




Infections could be acquired from bites, scratches, saliva or contact with faeces, said the researchers writing in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

 Salmonella organisms are ubiquitous and can be isolated even from many healthy dogs and cats. The organism can be shed in both the faeces and in the saliva and can be shed for long periods of time.

  • Pig ear dog treats have been implicated as a potential source of Salmonella infection for dogs. They can also serve as a source of infection for people who handle them.
  • In addition, dogs and cats fed a raw diet are also thought to be more prone to shedding Salmonella organisms.
  • Many recalls involving commercial pet food diets and/or treats involve Salmonella contamination of the products. These contaminated products, if fed to your pet, could also cause salmonellosis for your pet and create an increased risk of shedding the organism.
  • Salmonellosis can be passed from pets to people as well as from people to pet


E-Coli – How You can become infected

  • You can get E. coli from your furry friend by cleaning up his infected feces. This is why it’s incredibly essential to wash your hands thoroughly after scooping up his business. Additionally, you could come into contact with the harmful bacteria after petting your pooch on his rear end if he has some fecal matter stuck to his fur, or if he licks you after he cleans off his rear.


Crufts 2018

TDN Crufts 2018

If you would like to volunteer to represent TDN at Crufts between 8th and 11th March 2018 please let us know by completing the form below:


Please note we will only receive so many passes and we will need to limit the number of volunteers we can bring in based on this. We will not know how many passes we will get until much nearer the time.

Should you attend on either Saturday or Sunday we would expect you to take part in the TDN Dog Parade provided you are physically able to do so. The times of the parade are not yet known and will be announced nearer the date.

Every TDN dog is eligible to represent us at Crufts, not just pedigrees – we would dearly love to see a wide range of breeds/crossbreeds of all shapes and sizes showing how great they all are.


TDN Admin – Christmas shut down

Please note that we will be unable to process email enquiries until 7th Jan 2018.


If your enquiry is of an urgent nature please phone the charity on 07840 994 003.

We hope the festive period is a great one for you and your pets and will be in touch as soon as we are able to do so.

New Volunteer facilities now available

We are happy to be able to announce that TDN now has its own Volunteers area.


Obviously content is a bit light at the moment as its new but as we start to use it it will hopefully expand into a vibrant community and a valuable place to go for information, forms etc. Click on the image to go to the area.


Forum Link

Its a private area where we can discuss things that relate to TDN, our visits, assessments or just what was on TV last night


This is an area where we can store files for download. It can be split into public and non public areas so files specific to TDN needs can only be downloaded by the appropriate people


We can now upload pictures into our own albums, host picture contests and some other stuff I haven’t worked out how to do yet… 🙂


This area provides a summary of recent activity by TDN members


We would love to hear about your visits or just general activity with your dogs. The blogs area is restricted to members which removes some of the privacy issues surrounding posting about visits on facebook.


Want to know what is going on or want to let the rest of us know what you have planned? this is now easy to do.

Member Map

This is something that has been discussed on many occasions and, hopefully, this will allow us to see where  everybody is. It also splits things out into different roles such as assessors, volunteers, establishments etc. You dont have to enter your details onto the map but if you do choose to do so it will let the rest of us know where you are and what your role in TDN is. It will take a short while for me to place you all into the appropriate groups so please be patient.

Whats next?

Over the next few weeks i will draw up how to guides and modify the area so it gives us what we want from it. There is a suggestions area where you can post ideas that we can look at. There WILL inevitably be some teething issues as bugs get discovered once it starts to be used – hopefully these will be easy to fix.

About Us

About Therapy Dogs Nationwide

Therapy Dogs Nationwide is a charity set up to provide various programs involving dogs for the benefit of those receiving the service.


to Learn more about who we are and what we do please contact us


Therapy Dogs Nationwide is a Charity registered in England – Number  1167622






Paws and Read


Therapy Dogs Nationwide places temperament assessed dogs with their volunteer handlers into Additional Learning Needs, Primary, Junior and High schools under our Kennel Club recognised scheme, Paws and Read.


Research suggests children can be nervous and uncomfortable when reading aloud in a classroom environment, especially those that are struggling. The Paws and Read Programme allows these children to read to a therapy dog,  as they are non-judgemental, attentive and perfect listeners

We have documented evidence that one of our dogs, with the volunteer, attending school once a week can raise not only the reading standard of the children, but help with their self confidence, behaviour, social and emotional welfare too.

This scheme also helps with self-esteem, and behavioural problems the children might have, plus teaching them how to behave appropriately around dogs and basic dog safety, thus helping the next generation of dog owners, hopefully, to be more responsible.

Our service provides FREE intervention packages that target pupils personal, social, numeracy and literacy skills in many ways. Our volunteers and dogs can unlock potential in learners in unique ways. Some programmes we have provided for individual  children have included bespoke support for pupils with complex behaviours.

If you would like one of our teams to visit your school please click here and complete the online form.

Alternatively please email us at




Visiting Programme

The visiting programme is at the heart of what Therapy Dogs Nationwide does. We visit a wide range of establishments including :

  • Retirement Homes
  • Nursing Homes
  • Hospices
  • Prisons
  • Psychiatric Units
  • Schools

It has been shown that the visits provided by a therapy dog can be extremely beneficial and have a positive impact upon quality of life.


Our dogs and human visitors are both carefully screened to ensure that they are suitable for the role. If you are interested in becoming a visiting volunteer or would like a visit from a therapy dog please contact us.