Service Dogs are defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act as dogs that are specifically trained to help people with disabilities. Did you know that Service dogs are not just dogs that assist those with vision impairments called Guide dogs? There are Service dogs that are trained to perform specific behaviors to help people with disabilities and these behaviors are referred to as tasks. For Example, a dog may be taught to pick up a dropped object for a person with a mobility impairment, they can be taught to alert a person who is deaf to a sound like a ringing phone, or help a person dealing with a panic attack find the nearest exit. A service dog coach helps people with disabilities train their own dog to assist them as a service dog.
Mobility Assistance Dog
Psychiatric Service Dog
Requirements for the Owner:
* Have a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act
* 18 or older unless assisted with guardian
* Able to commit time to practicing with your dog regularly between appointments.
* Aware that you may end up with a dog that can only help at home or in places pets are allowed. Up to 50% of Service dog candidates in programs are not able to complete training and work in places pets are not permitted.
* Willing to wait until we evaluate your dog's suitability and help you train your dog foundation skills before putting service dog identification on your dog and before taking your dog to places pets are not permitted.
* Have support from your licensed healthcare provider for use of a service dog.
Requirements for the Dog:
* No history of aggression towards dogs, people or other animals
* Easily trained. A breed or mix likely to have characteristics suitable for service work such as Labradors and Golden retrievers, although each dog will be assessed as an individual I do find some breeds are more likely to exhibit characteristics suitable for service work than others.
* No history of any serious behavior problems like fear or separation anxiety
* Under age of 4, physically healthy
* Friendly with all kinds of people
* Non-confrontational with dogs and other animals
* No predatory behavior
* Confident in different environments
* Calm, not too excitable
* Easy to live with
Service dog training requires specific knowledge, skills and education that most pet dog trainers don't have. Partnering with the right dog training professional is essential to your success.
Service Dog Coaches (SDCs) are uniquely qualified to work with people with disabilities training their own service dogs.
SDC Code of Ethics
Service dog training and evaluation.
An ESA describes animals that provide comfort just by being with a person. Because they are not trained to perform a specific job or task, they do not qualify as service animals under ADA. Therapy dogs have owners take their dogs to places they have been requested to help other people. For example, therapy dogs may be invited to a hospital to visit patients. Public access for therapy dogs is not protected by the ADA. Service dogs is a dog trained to assist a person with a disability.
With our certified reward based trainer, you and your dog will enjoy learning together.
This creates a dog that is happy working with you.