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Service Dog Classes

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Medical Alert Program
Dogs lives by the nose.

Medical Detection and Alert Dogs use their incredible noses to sense bio-chemical changes in your body. Every change has an attached smell. If we can isolate that smell, we can train your dog to detect it, alert you to its presence and help you reduce the effects of whatever condition is causing it.

Hearing Assistance Program
Through sound awareness and companionship, these dogs provide greatly increased freedom.

Hearing dogs are trained to alert their owners to common sounds like doorbells, oven timers, smoke alarms, telephones, babies’ cries, or alarm clocks. Hearing dogs make physical contact with their masters, nudging or pawing them to get their attention. Most are trained to lead their handlers toward the source of a sound.

Not an Emotional Support Animal. Psychiatric Assistance dogs are trained like all other types of service dogs.

A psychiatric Service Dog is simply a service dog for a person with a psychiatric impairment, like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). These dogs are individually trained in obedience, performing tasks, and working in distracting public environments to mitigate their handler's psychiatric disability.

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Mobility and Assistance
Mobility assistance dogs perform a variety of tasks for their handler.

Mobility assistance dog tasks are infinite. Each service dog performs actions it’s trained for. If you have a daily routine, your dog will learn what you need and may even look to you for their next task before you even give it. Typical daily tasks play a huge role in both the handler’s, and the dog’s lives, and these tasks can become routine. In most cases, environmental cues will inform the dog what is needed, but with mobility assistance, many of the tasks must be cued by the handler.

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Raising a Service Puppy

When you raise a puppy to be a service dog, you are ensuring that the puppy grows up prepared for the work that is necessary.

Service Dog Levels

There are just about as many rules for service dogs as there are service dog trainers. According to the law, the only rules are that the dog is task trained, that the task is directly related to the handlers disability, that the dog does not eliminate inside buildings, and that the dog is under control or easily gotten back under control by the handler, minimizing the effects of an out of control incident.

Evaluating for Service

It’s widely known that very few dogs are capable of enjoying and succeeding at Service Dog work. Even in Service Dog and Guide Dog programs that have well established breeding programs, the rate of failure can be high. It truly takes a unique and special temperament to flourish as a partner to a person with a disability, and while temperament is most important, there are lots of other factors that matter, too. Breed, gender and color aren’t important (although there are the Fab Four - Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Collie and Poodle), but good health, genetics, and structure are vital. If a dog isn’t bred for Service Dog work, and it has an unknown history or backstory, it can be very difficult to decide whether or not that dog should be considered. 

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Public Access Games

As a Service Dog, your animal assistant will be able to accompany you into any publicly accessible area, including restaurants, museums, airports and airplanes, theaters, stores, parks, etc. If not already trained, you can train your own Service dog to meet the specific needs of your disability.

Public access is one of the most important and most challenging parts of training a service dog, and rushing public access training is probably the #1 biggest mistake I see owner trainers make.

Detection Dog Classes

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3 Levels of Detection Training

These courses are not for those wanting to do competition nosework. These courses are for those who want to learn the basics of how to train a medical alert dog, a dog who detects cancer, a drug detection dog or use your imagination. The field of canine scent detection is expanding exponentially.
This course takes approximately 10 weeks to complete.

Trouble Shooting A Detection Dog

There are many things that can cause your Detection Dog to miss alerts, be slow in alerting, or just stop alerting altogether. And even more things that can cause your working detection dog to miss alerts. Distractions are everywhere and many of them are other odors - enticing, appetizing odors. 

Pet Detective

Any breed of dog can be a Pet Detective. All dogs have an incredible nose compared to a human, even those breeds with squished snouts. Just like with service dogs, a Pet Detective can be any dog with the appropriate temperament. Age is no barrier either. As part of testing the games in this course, games that were created just for this course and not general scent games, I tested on my two 11 year old dogs and the 2 year old. They all were able to find a “lost” pet over several miles and hours of searching. 

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Finding Lost Pets

The scent that a dog tracks is an unknown. It is imperceptible to the human nose or senses. We can only speculate on what it really is. Webster says: “It is an emanation from a substance that affects the sense of smell.” 

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