Not in the San Antonio area? Not a problem! I can train you service dog and then place your service dog with you.
First, I will train the dog to pass the ADI Public Access test. Once the dog has passed that test, I will train the dog the specific tasks needed for you, the handler. Depending on the tasks it can take 3-4 months of training before placement.
All Service Dogs must pass the ADI Public Access test with their handler. This test will be conducted after the week training during placement.
Common tasks for psychiatric service dogs are: Lap, Hug, Blanket, Here, Nudge, Watch my back, and Follow. Lap, hug and blanket are examples of deep-pressure therapy (DPT). Nudge is an example of disrupting anxiety or self-harming behaviors.
Common tasks for mobility service dogs are: Retrieving objects, pulling open doors, pressing handicap buttons, and carrying bags/objects.
Tasks can be custom to the handler's needs.
You may already have a dog and want to train it to be your service dog. Service dogs go under a lot of exposure and need to meet public access requirements. I can evaluate your dog and see if it has potential to be a service dog. If we start training and the dog shows behaviors, "red flags" that were not visible before I will notify you and will have to re-evaluate your dog.
If I do not recommend your dog to become a service dog I can assist you in finding one, if desired.
If you have one in mind I can go evaluate it before you adopt. You can let me know what type/breed of dog you are looking for (if any). I will search for one and let you know what I find. The owner is responsible for adoption fees and finding fees.
**This is not a guarantee that the dog will become a service dog. Temperaments can arise later that are out of my control.**
Each service dog will need to be able to pass ADI Public Access. This ensures the safety of the public, the service dog, and their handler. Some examples are non-reactive, to leave food alone, and to not rush through doors. Click on the link below to see the full list.