By Federal definition, a service dog does not have to be trained by a specific set of trainers. There are no certifications required for either the trainers or the dogs.
The only requirements the ADA has are that the dog is trained to do tasks for a disabled person and that those tasks directly relate to the disability. Included is being potty trained and in control, either self control or controlled by the handler.
It is perfectly legal to train your own service dog. Our books will assist you in doing that. If you need additional help, we are always available via Skype or Facebook video chat.
Raising A Service Puppy
When you raise a puppy to be a service dog, you are ensuring that the puppy grows up prepared for duty. For years, puppies have been raised as service dogs for the blind. But today, puppies are raised to assist the deaf, injured military veterans, children with autism and people with disabilities of all kinds, according to the American Disabilities Act. Raising a service dog requires you to spend time socializing and training the dog for the first 12 to 18 months of his life. Organization requirements vary, but the goal is always to raise a puppy who can bring a higher quality of life to his disabled owner.
Service Dog Basics
Our service dog program has 5 levels. The first 3 levels are basic to advanced obedience. This is necessary for all service, assistance and therapy dogs. This booket covers Levels 1, 2 and 3. Level 4 is covered in Public Access Games and Level 5 is split into separate classes for the types of "tasks" each Service Dog must know for their handler.
Public Access Games
Public Access training has several parts to it.
Self Control and Impulse Control, Thinking Through Arousal, Ignoring Distractions, Understanding Environments, Sights, Sounds and Smells, Strange Surfaces and Wobbly Walking
and the test items as follows:
Controlled unload out of a vehicle
Approaching a Building
Controlled Doorway Entry
Walking through a building
Basic Obedience Skills
Being around food
Being off leash
Controlled Loading Into A Vehicle
Intelligent Disobedience training teaches the dog that the alert or the assistance is more important than other cues or commands the human is insisting on. This is most important with guide dogs and traffic and medical alert dogs and their handlers health. A service dog should never be punished for doing it's job, even if the human thinks it wasn't necessary. A dog's sense are miles above a human's and they probably sense something we can't.
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Teaching A Service Dog Retrieve
Retrieve is used in competitive sports and in daily life. It is useful as well as a fun and interactive game for you and your dog. It is also important for most service dogs to be able to do for their handlers.
The retrieve behavior is part of your dog’s natural instincts as part of the hunt. Bringing food back to the puppies was a necessary part of canid life. I try to include as many of these behaviors as possible, structured to fit in our human world, so that the dog not only loves the activity, but needs it.
I Am A Service Dog
A service dog is specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental illnesses (such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)), seizure disorder, mobility impairment, and diabetes.
In Comes A Service Dog
What the public, and especially employees and managers of businesses need to know about Service Dog Law and the rights of a person with a service dog.
Why Does That Dog Wear A Vest?
A book for children about service dogs.
Mobility Service Dog
Preventing Falling and Fainting Injuries
Finding the Car
Finding Help Safely
Alerting to emergency sounds
Find a person or place
Opening and Shutting Doors
Dialing Emergency Phones
Pushing the Handicapped Button
Helping with Household Chores
Fetching Your Medicine
Keeping Track of When You Should Take Your Medicine
and even doing your laundry!
Psychiatric Service Dogs
Night Terrors Management
Interrupt and Redirect Self Harm
Deep Pressure Therapy
Coping with Emotional Overload
Using Smell to Alert to a Coming Panic Event
Using Smell to Detect Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizues
Using Smell to Detect the Onset of a Migraine
Handling Autistic behavior like tantrums and escaping.
I Can Hear For You!
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.