Service Dogs Overview
Service dogs are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. They can provide physical assistance, companionship, psychological, and social benefits.
Over a two year period, a young dog in training needs to pass high standards of health, behavior, obedience and skill training in order to become a certified service dog.
Each dog in training learns specific tasks along with basic obedience and social skills. A service dog can open and close doors, retrieve, pull a manual wheelchair, find the phone, do bracing working, turn on and off switches and much more. Hearing dogs respond to different sounds which include knocking, doorbell, timer, alarm clock, smoke alarm, telephone, baby cry and the person’s name.
A person with a disability who is considering acquiring a service dog, needs to assess his own personal needs, educate himself on the abilities and limitations of service dogs, and anticipate the impact a dog can have on his lifestyle.
Our Training Program
It takes two years and approximately $16,000-20,000 to successfully train and certify a Service Dog.
Our quality breeder dogs provide healthy and sound pups which start their training at just three days old. Generally, training can take up to two years. Ongoing data and testing is documented in each dog’s file as required by Assistance Dogs International (ADI).
Our Service dogs in training are raised by our volunteer Puppy Raisers in loving homes to become socialized, learn basic obedience and have lots of fun.
When Service dogs in training are ready, confident and have graduated, they are teamed and given to waiting applicants who have passed a screening committee application process that meets ADI standards.
Clients are given a Service dog for a six-month trial period to continue training and bond. This training with their new partner continues as long as they bond and work as a team. Dogs are placed regardless of monies raised or not.