Our Service Dog Program is designed to Help Others Pawsitively Every day, to enhance the dignity and quality of life for people with visible and invisible disabilities, through the use of a Service Dog. We specialize in training Service Dogs for mobility (balance, retrieval of items), psychological (PTSD), Autism, and medical alert (Diabetic, seizure, and hearing). We offer several options for a dog to become a Service Dog: your own dog to Service Dog after passing of our temperament test; rescue pup to Service Dog after passing our our temperament test; a fully trained Service Dog.
We believe that a well trained Service Dog enhances the individual's life, as he masters the high standards of training that we require among our dogs, our handlers, and our trainers. The process to begin our Service Dog program begins with completing and returning an application to the mailing address on the front page of the application. The lengthy application includes a form to be filled out by your physician; and will give us a full picture of how a Service Dog can improve your life, and the goals you may have in mind, to best help you locate a suitable pup for your specific needs.
We will review your application and then set up a time to meet with you. At this time, we will answer any additional questions you may have about the process, introduce you to your trainer, and develop a training protocol specific to your needs. If you have a pup you are interested in training to be your Service Dog, we will temperament test him at that time. We do want you to be aware that even though your pup may pass our initial test we are always observing your dog to ensure that he/she truly enjoys working with you. If you need us to help you find a pup, we can assist you as well.
After the meet n greet we will set up a weekly schedule with your trainer, to increase your dog's basic obedience skills, begin to work on public access manners, and to teach your pup the specific tasks required to help with your disability. It can take anywhere from 12-18 months to master the high standards of training, according to Assistance Dog International Standards of Excellence and the American Disabilities Act. In the beginning we will work in your home and public areas that allow dogs so that we can encourage, teach, and guide you on how a Servcie Dog is to act in public places. We will also work with you on how to respond to the two questions anyone can ask regarding your Service Dog. As your pup and you develop a working relationship we will give you our "in training" vest so that your dog and you can begin to work in public areas where Service Dogs are allowed: grocery stores, restaurants, movies, doctor's offices, etc. Your trainer will notify you when she thinks you are ready to graduate and take your final public access test. On the time scheduled for your public access test, your trainer will be there to guide you while another trainer scores your exam.
At the completion of our Service Dog program, each team receives a certificate of completion, two identification cards, and our graduate Service Dog vest.