Do you have a dog that you need to become a Service Dog? First, I will evaluate your dog and let you know the chances your dog has to be able to become a service dog and about how long it will take to complete training.
After that, 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 ADI public access requirements.
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.
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.