Do you need a service dog, wondering if a dog you currently have can be trained as one or you think it is just not affordable for you to get one? Well stop looking and contact us. We will work on finding you a new dog or evaluate your current dog to make sure he/she would make a good service dog candidate.
Our program offers you the ability to afford the training and participate in the training itself.
Service Dog training prices vary depending on the training and how much self-training you will be completing. The prices run between $6000 to $25,000. A service dog helps a person with a disability lead a more independent life. There are many types of service dogs, Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs and Service Dogs that assist individuals with different tasks related to their specific disability i.e. psychiatric disabilities, mobility assistance, retrieve medications or even pulling a wheelchair just to name a few.
In order for use to properly help you, we will need to evaluate the dog to ensure it has the “Right Stuff.” Then after this evaluation, we will decide which training package and tasks training your dog will need to do to properly assist you. This package will include the Public Access Test and the AKC CGC Test.
Types of dogs trained: service dog training for mobility/balance, PTSD, anxiety disorders, emotional support, or customized task training.
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the US Department of Justice (DOJ) requires that service dog training includes work or task training. The mere presence of a dog does not qualify as work or tasks. DOJ does not clearly distinguish between work and tasks—nor do they need to.
Within our community, tasks are disability-mitigating responses to cues that are intentionally given, for example, getting a bottle of water from the fridge or turning on a lightswitch when asked. Work includes passively-available trained behaviors that are offered by the dog in response to changes in the person or their environment, without the handler intentionally giving the cue. Examples include alerting the handler to a panic attack or to an alarm the handler doesn’t hear.
Questions you may have;
1. What is the cost? Well that will vary depending if you already have a dog, need to purchase one, what type of tasks the dog will need to be trained to do and how much effort you are willing to put into the homework training. We do things a little different here...we make you part of the training team...meaning we don't do all the training, we teach you how to teach your dog. This helps lower the cost for you.
2. Do I have to have a certification? Currently there is no such thing as a certified service dog. Different government entities are working on this but at this time there is not. However it is my goal to make sure you and your service dog are prepared when these laws they are working on come into effect.
3. What will I need to have and what testing will be completed with my dog? You will need a letter from your doctor and/or psychiatrist stating that you have a need for a service dog and that it will help mitigate your disability. Your dog will complete basic obedience, introduction to public access, must complete 200 hours of public access before final phase which is passing a Public Access Test, and all three CGC Tests.
4. What is the difference between a Service Dog and a Emotional Support Dog?
- Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.
- Emotional Support Dogs are defined as dogs that provide comfort just by being with a person. Because they have not been trained to perform a specific job or task, they do not qualify as service animals under the ADA. However, some State or local governments have laws that allow people to take emotional support animals into public places. You may check with your State and local government agencies to find out about these laws.
More information can be found https://www.ada.gov/regs2010/service_animal_qa.html