We have tremendous diversity when it comes to training Service Dogs. We can train your next Service Dog for many different disabilities. Many dogs can be trained to be able to accommodate 2 or more disabilities, for example a dog could do guide work and also diabetic alert. Many people do not believe that they qualify for a Service Dog, or that their doctor will not prescribe them one. If you have been diagnosed with a disability below then you qualify for us to train a dog for you! We can either train your current dog (if it passes a temperament and aptitude test) or we can help you find a dog that meets your specific need! There are no set age restrictions to our training either. We will help guide you through the entire process and explain every part of the service dog world to you.
Anxiety / Ptsd dog
We train our anxiety dogs to be able to detect the chemical changes of the human body to be able to prevent panic attacks from happening. If a trigger happens suddenly, like a car backfiring, our dogs can quickly reduce the stress and calm the handler from the attack so that there is not added intensity. We also teach our dogs to be alert behind the handlers to make sure they don't get surprised from someone coming up behind them.
We train our diabetic dogs to be very accurate on glucose levels. Most times our dogs beat the pumps to be able to smell the spikes and crashes, and you can determine your own safety level for highs and lows to customize your dog to your specific needs. Dogs by nature have amazing noses and we have the ability to teach them how to teach them to use this natural ability to help you to a lifesaving level.
We have been know for our seizure detection dogs for a long time. We have had our seizure dogs featured on TV before. Only 30% of dogs have the capability of becoming a seizure dog and being able to create a longer alert time is even more difficult. We do no certify seizure dogs under 15 minutes so that abortive or assistance medication has the ability to help the handler. Most of our dogs have at least 30 minute detection times and some as much as an hour and a half.
Our mobility dogs are specifically trained per individual to assist with that persons needs. Tasks can include a variety of things such as retrieving dropped items to tracking times by name and scent, opening doors, turning on lights and even operating switches and buttons. Mobility dogs are an extra extension of your arm. There is ambulatory and wheelchair mobility service dogs which will determine the types of tasks that may need to be trained to help the handler. All tasks can be tailored to each persons specific need as no 2 disabilities are ever exactly the same.
Our stability dogs are designed to be able to brace the weight of our handlers in case the handler needs to use the dog as a constant "cane" or as a catch from a fall. Dog selection is very important in this category here due to the safety of the dog and the weight that the dog can catch over time. We look for a natural aptitude to be able to aware for the dog so that the dog can shift into a prepared state faster to catch the handler. There are certain dogs that are better at this than others and we are dedicated to finding that right dog to help you for the longest time possible.
An autism dog can cover a very broad spectrum and can help from preventing temper tantrums, interrupting repetitive behaviors, preventing flight risks and even interrupting self mutilation. Just like every disability, no case is the same and every dog can be tailored to your specific needs.
The training of our Service Dogs is no short task. We start off with our Basic Obedience Course. Many times, the dog goes through this course a few times to create an absolutely rock solid foundation. Handlers need to understand the basics of how dogs learn to be able to apply it moving forward through the rest of the training.
After passing the Basic Obedience Course, Service Dog handlers will go on to complete the Advanced Obedience Course. This course focuses on extreme distraction and 100% voice control of the Service Dog. This will prevent the Service Dog from getting distracted while working out in public. No distraction is off limits here... family members included! This is one of the more fun and challenging parts of training because it will change constantly. You could take the Advanced Obedience Course ten times and have ten different sets of distractions from kids, lawn mowers, air horns, bicycles and drones! You never really know what is going to happen that day other than what command you are going to be working on.
The next test needed to pass is the Public Access Temperament Test. More than 40 individual tasks that you are tested on in three different locations during one test. Each individual item by itself is not hard, but the whole test will ensure that we get the best of the best Service Dogs to pass. Our test is not passed with a 80% or higher, to pass our Public Access Temperament Test we require a 100% which is why we have such a great reputation. Our dogs do not act perfect 80% of the time, they act perfect 100% of the time, or we want you to demand better out of them, yourself and us. No Service Dog handler should settle for 80%. Don't stress this though, from day one you will be practicing for this test and it takes a minimum of 6 months to be able to have enough observation time to be able to take a Public Access Temperament Test. So, relax, we have time...
And also while you are working on your Public Access Temperament Test we will be working toward the Service Dog Certification Test. This specific test will go along with your specific disability and will cover the tasks needed to verify that your dog is capable of doing its job 100% under distraction without prompting or guidance from an outside source. For example, if we were testing a mobility dog, and it refused to pick up your keys that we were testing because there was a shopping cart slamming into a cart corral then that would end the test and we would continue training item retrieval under noise distractions. We would never want you to get caught because of something that could be avoided by more effective training. You only get tested on the tasks specific for your disability that are being trained to your dog, but you would get tested on all of the tasks every time you test. Perfection, 100% of the time.
Once you have passed all of these requirements, then you have a fully certified Service Dog. You may, and are encouraged to, continue training with us for no additional cost. If you maintain your Service Dog's training you may never need to come back to formal classes ever again. That is why teaching the handler is so instrumentally important in this whole process. We will always be here for you, no matter what. If you move away and need a video chat to help out, we will be here for you. If your dog goes crazy on the move, we got you, we will walk you through EVERYTHING. With over 20 years of experience, we have seen it all.
Different disabilities can make this harder, but the point is to learn that you CAN gain independence and accomplish the task. We are here to assist, NOT do it for you. With that being said though, we will NEVER GIVE UP ON YOU! So let's get started together!
Life Time Training Guarantee
We understand that training is constant. We also understand that life happens. We Guarantee that the training we do is going to be good for the life of the dog and we allow you to continue to join us for continued training even after certification for the life of the dog to keep your Service Dog at it's peak performance If you are not happy with the quality of your Service Dog, then we are not happy with the quality of your Service Dog