Therapy Dog & Service Dog Training Programs
A Therapy Dog is one that provides comfort to people in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or anywhere else a therapy dog would be needed. The dog should have a good temperament and be relatively calm, with a gentle playfulness, and a love of humankind. Dogs are so free to give their love and affection to anyone, and do not let us feel we are different from anyone else. Therapy Dogs help people forget their grief, suffering, illnesses, loneliness and age, even for a moment of time is very therapeutic.
Most organized Therapy Dog Groups (i.e, Therapy Dogs International or Pet Partners), do require that the potential therapy dog pass the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Examination. Some organizations have additional testing that is required to join the group. Joining a therapy dog group is becoming very popular as it is something that you and your dog can do together!
The Service Dog program requires a free meet and greet, either in person or via Skype, to assess your dog for service work and the tasks you need for your disability. The next step is a commitment from you to work together anywhere from 6 months to 2 years (depending on your goals, your dog's age, and the tasks required for your service dog), and are involved in practicing on a daily basis with your dog during and after attending Dog Obedience Classes and Private Dog Training sessions in accordance with your individual program.
1. An Emotional Support Animal is one that provides therapeutic benefits to its owner through companionship and affection. The owner of an Emotional Support Dog receives a sense of well-being, safety and calmness from their dog's physical presence. Emotional Support Animal are not specifically trained to perform a given task that a person with a disability may have. Instead, the dog only needs as much training as any other dog would need, in order to live peacefully among people without being of any trouble or danger to its owner or other people. Emotional Support Animals DO NOT have public access with its owner. They can, however, travel on an airplane with their owner.
*Each dog enrolled in our Emotional Support Service Animal program is prepared to pass a Canine Good Citizen Exam and the Public Access Test (for airports and airplane travel).
2. A Task Oriented Service Dog is involved as a mobility assistance dog, PTSD service dog, or autism service dog, which are examples of what a Task Oriented Service Dog would be. Task Oriented Service Dogs are specifically trained to perform certain tasks that are directly related to the person's disability. Task Oriented Service Dogs have public access everywhere with its owner, including airplane travel.
Examples of Task Oriented Service Dog Tasks:
Lean in, block front, block behind, retrieve objects, stand, brace, turn on light, turn off light, pull objects, touch (nose), tap (paw), go get help, park it, open door, close door (see videos above), open drawer, close drawer, take off socks, under the table, alert for alarm, alert for doorbell, alert for phone, calm for anxiety, and many more. All tasks are performed for client's individual needs for assistance.
*Each dog enrolled in our Task Oriented Service Dog program is prepared to pass a Canine Good Citizen Exam and the Public Access Test (for public access and airplane travel).
Kronk started at Puppy/Beginner when he was 10 weeks old as a Service Dog in Training. Next he took Middle School to learn more distance with stays, duration with wait and stay, and learn to handle distractions in which he would encounter as a Service Dog. Finally, he attended the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Prep Classes in July 2017. He passed his CGC Exam on August 19, 2017 and received his AKC Canine Good Citizen certification. He is such an energetic dog and eager to please. He loves to tug and fetch, which is a great quality in a service dog in order to open and close doors and refrigerators and retrieve items for his owner.
He is now in private sessions learning his task work, and on his way to become a Task Oriented Service Dog for his owner. After he learns all the tasks necessary to assist his owner, he will take the Public Access Test (PAT) as the final test towards becoming an official Service Dog. Way to go Kronk!!
After private service dog training sessions, Buddy attended the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Prep Classes in March 2016 as a Service Dog in Training. He passed his CGC Exam on April 30, 2016 and received his AKC Canine Good Citizen certification. He is such an awesome dog! Buddy was then ready to take his Public Access Test (PAT). He passed his PAT on May 4, 2016 and is now an Emotional Support Animal for his owner. Awesome job Buddy!
Kaiser attended the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Prep Classes in January 2016 as a Service Dog in Training. He passed his CGC Exam on March 5, 2016 and received his AKC Canine Good Citizen certification. He is such smart dog, and is so boned to his owner!
After private service dog training sessions, Kaiser was then ready to take his Public Access Test (PAT). He passed his PAT with flying colors on May 4, 2016 and is now a Task Oriented Service Dog for his owner. Great job Kaiser!