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Service & Assistance Dog Training

What is a Service Animal?

Many people are surprised to learn there are over a dozen different specializations for Service Dogs. There are Diabetic Alert Dogs, Severe Allergy Alert dogs, Visual Assistance Dogs, Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, Wheelchair Assistance Dogs, Psychiatric Service Dogs, Brace/Mobility Support Dogs, Medical Alert Dogs, Seizure Assistance Dogs and more. What are all of these types of Service Dogs — and what do they do?

When it comes to different types of Service Dogs, there’s one thing that’s clear: the base definition of a Service Dog. According to the ADA, a Service Animal is any dog which is specifically trained to perform tasks for a disabled individual that they would otherwise have difficulty completing on their own.

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Emotional Support Dog:

An emotional support dog does not have full access to the public. This dog must have perfect manners and must be able to pass the Canine Good Citizen Test. This dog does have access to: Planes, Public Transportation, Apartments and cannot be charged for pet rent.

Assistance dogs:

Medical Alert, Diabetic Alert, PTSD, Anxiety, Hearing Alert. Assistance Dogs have full access to the public. To begin attending assistance dog class, dog must have perfect manners and be able to pass the Canine Good Citizen Test. It is recommended that dogs start out with a Basic Obedience Class. Dogs must have an evaluation with with the Service Dog Trainer prior to attending Assistance Dog Class. The price of the evaluation is $45, dogs must be able to pass the Canine Good Citizen Test during evaluation. 

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Service Dogs:

Mobility/Task. Service Dogs have full access to the public. To begin attending Service Dog Class, dog must have perfect manners and be able to pass the Canine Good Citizen Test. It is recommended that dogs start out with a Basic Obedience Class. Dogs must have an evaluation with with the Service Dog Trainer prior to attending Service Dog Class. The price of the evaluation is $45, dogs must be able to pass the Canine Good Citizen Test during evaluation. 

 

Below is a listing of the types of service dog training we offer:

Diabetes Alert - teach the dog to alert to a person's glucose levels going too low or too high. Learn more.

Hearing Alert - teach the dog to respond to alarms, a phone ringing, the person's name being called, etc. 

Mobility Assistance - teach the dog to open/close doors and drawers, pick up and retrieve dropped items, provide stability while the person is walking, help a person get up from a chair or the ground, etc.  

PTSD / Psychiatric Service - teach the dog to stop negative behavior, lead a person outside if having a panic attack in a crowded place, be a barrier to provide increased personal space for the person, etc.

Click here for more information and to set up a consult and evaualtion

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