Our Service Dogs
Our unique program offers an extensive range of well-trained service dogs. However, let’s take a minute to understand the true meaning of the term “Service Dog.”
A service dog is a dog individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. What does this mean? A a dog is trained to respond with a certain action when their help is needed for a person with a disability.
Autism Assistance Dogs
Autism Spectrum Disorder is a mental condition involving complex disorders of brain development. This disorder is typically characterized by repetitive behaviors, obsessive interests, wandering behaviors, difficulties in social interaction and communication, and verbal and non verbal communication.
Our Autism Assistance dogs perform behavior interruption, to distract and interrupt repetitive behaviors or ‘meltdowns’. They are trained to remain close to prevent and protect a child from wandering, and search and rescue trailing to locate a child who has gone missing. This dog has advanced obedience training and has been socialized to different environments of animals and people at an early age.Apply for a Autism Assistance Dog
Seizure Alert and Assistance Dogs
Our seizure alert and assistance dogs are trained to alert 80% of time and respond to numerous symptoms and specific behaviors. These dogs can be trained to do a variety of tasks, including barking to alert others when a seizure occurs, moving in a way to protect the person having the seizure, or activating an alarm.Apply for a Seizure Alert and Assistance Dog
Sound Alert Dogs
Our sound alert dogs are specially trained to assist people who are deaf or have hearing loss. Sound alert dogs can alert their owners to sounds around the home and in public.
- A door knock
- Smoke detector alarm
- Alarm clock ringing
- Tea kettle whistling
- Telephone or cell phone ringing
- Keys dropping
- Traffic approaching
- The name of the dog’s owner to alert the person when he or she is being spoken to
- General sound awareness
Our Mobility Dogs are trained to assist people living with a physical disability. These dogs work to:
- Retrieve items from the floor or raised surfaces in the home and in public
- Close and open cabinets and drawers
- Open and close doors
- Light switching
- Retrieve items like: phone, wallet, key, mobile, medical kits, leashes.
- Carry items for short distances
- Deliver items from one person to another in a designated area
- Press elevator and pedestrian crossing buttons
- Assist with counter transactions for payment exchange at check-out counters
- Assist with daily activities such as dressing/undressing
Psychiatric Service Dogs
- Lay on top of the handler to apply deep pressure therapy
- Walk around the handler to stop a person from approaching too close
- Alert handler when having a panic attack
- Assistance in a medical crisis
- Assistance in coping with emotional overload
Diabetes Alert Dogs
Our Diabetic Alert Dogs are trained to alert diabetic handlers in advance of low (hypoglycemia) or high (hyperglycemia) blood sugar events before they become dangerous. Diabetic alert dogs provide stability, safety and support.
Our diabetes alert dogs are trained to:
- Alert High & Low Blood Sugar
- Early High/Low Detection
- Public Access Training, Testing, Certifications
- Alert individual if blood sugar is dropping
- Retrieve diabetes test kit or medications
- Provide support while walking and/or help their person stand after sitting or after a fall
- Alert and retrieve medication
Our Stability Assistance Service Dogs are trained to:
- Provide support/stability while walking and going up and down stairs
- Provide support for the handler to stand up if he/she falls
- Support during dressing and undressing
- Retrieve objects from the floor
- Hit elevator buttons
- Retrieve named items (Phone, Keys, Leash)
- Open and close doors
- Hold doors open so handler pass through
- Help with clothing removal (Outerwear, Socks)
- Turn light switches on and off
What makes a good service dog?
We start by doing puppy imprinting at a very early age. The first contact puppies make with humans needs to be extremely positive. During the first few months of training, we focus on socializing the puppies to different environments, animals and people . This helps a puppy develop positive fundamental associations with training tools and processes, helping the process when the puppy enters formal training.
Puppies start their training at two months of age. They are then exposed to a variety of external stimulation like loud busy streets, crowded rooms, cities, buildings, machines and tools, etc. This is done in a positive way to help them become accustomed to the environments where they will be working.