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Service Dog Task Training:


The difference between a companion dog and a service dog, is task training.  The dog has to be specifically trained to mitigate (help) with the symptoms of your disability.

Tasks can include anything from waking you up for work in the morning, reminding you to take your medications, picking up dropped objects or calling 911 when you fall. We cover this type of training in our individualized training sessions.

Service Dog Selection and Temperament Evaluations:


We can help you decide which breed of service dog would be right for you. Once you locate a dog candidate we do a 22 step dog temperament evaluation to make sure you select a dog that has the best chance of meeting the rigorous demands that are required of service dogs.

Service Dog Etiquette:


If you want your service dog to be accepted in restaurants/hotels/hospitals and on airplanes they have to act and look like a service dog.  This means they need to heel, disregard other dogs and people in their presence, not bark or growl, act calmly in new situations (for instance a person shuffling by in a walker) and be tolerant of all types of people and levels of social interactions (people wearing big coats and hats, kids pulling their tails, babies crawling on the ground, etc).  In order to pass as a service dog they also need to be clean, not shed, have their nails trimmed and be wearing some sort of product that identifies them as a service dog. We cover this type of training in our service dog training adult access class or your can choose to train in your home.

Service Dog Lifestyle Coaching:


We all know how cool it sounds to be able to take your dog with you everywhere you go but most of the time its not all its cracked up to be.  You have to do a lot of planning in advance in order to just dine at a restaurant (is the table big enough for the dog to fit under, if not, do they have a place out of the way where he will not be stepped on, will the floor be dirty and become too much of a temptation for him to eat off of it, is there enough room in the restroom for him to fit inside the stall with me?).

Additionally you have to be prepared for every type of imaginable situation you might encounter (carrying extra waste baggies, making sure your dog has access to fresh water wherever you go, being the center of attention all the time – even when that attention is negative, consistently being challenged by authority figures when it comes to access rights).

Service Dog Documentation:


Once you pass your Assistance Dogs International Public Access Test, task training and provide medical necessity documentation you will be given an access package.  The package includes a vest, patches, a laminated card stating that your dog is an “official” service dog and access laws cards.  Additionally you will also receive a small booklet that fits in your dogs vest with a copy of the letter from your doctor explaining medical necessity and documentation of the type and number of training hours completed.  These materials should get you past even the toughest critics (for example the ever so notoriously hard nosed airlines).

Service Dog Employment Coaching:


Just because you have a disability and want to bring your “service dog” or “service dog in training” to work doesn’t mean that your employer is going to embrace the idea.  Although its illegal under the Equal Employment Opportunity Act, you will probably be facing service dog discrimination at every turn.

To make the transition from no service dog to service dog easier on you and your employer you need to have a plan in motion that covers the both of you.  If you provide them with documentation and education on both their access rights and yours, it can go a long way in soothing the minds of your bosses and HR.  Additionally the Service Dog Academy can help you set up your physical work environment so that dog (or puppy) distraction is kept to a minimum.

Service Dog Access Rights Seminars:


Are your employees having a hard time determining who has a service dog and who is just saying that their dog is a service dog?  If so, let the Service Dog Academy provide them with the tools they need to determine whether a dog is a pet or a real service dog.  We will teach them to approach people in a non confrontational way, what questions they have the right to ask under federal law and how important it is to ensure that people with legitimate service dogs are provided an environment free from the dangers some pet dogs can cause.

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