Training Services for
Support Dogs for U.S. Military
(Veterans and Active) Coping with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
How does a dog become a service animal?
The only way a dog can be recognized as a true “service animal” under the ADA is when the following conditions are met:
The owner/handler has a documented disability as defined under the ADA
The dog must be trained to perform tasks that alleviate that disability. The mere presence of an animal (for example, “He/she provides comfort in crowds”) does not qualify a dog as a service animal.
The dog must not alter the environment of others. This means that he/she must be on a leash and under control at all times in public, must not show signs of aggression and must be quiet and clean.
Go HERE for a nice overview of real life challenges faced by service dogs .
There is no formal certification process for service animals. However, the following three training steps will lead you to a public-ready service dog that meets the conditions set forth by the ADA:
1. Basic Obedience both on and off leash and earning the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) credential. This YouTube video Link shows a typical CGC test.
2.Public Access Skills, which is basically good manners in public. For an expanded version of “good manners” go HERE. The International Association of Assistance Dog Partners (IAADP) establishes that the training standards for Public Access requires a minimum of one hundred twenty (120) hours of schooling over a period of six months or more. At least thirty (30) hours should be devoted
to outings that will prepare the dog to work obediently and unobtrusively in public places.
3. Disability Related Tasks
I am not offering private training lessons for service dogs in training at this time. I will offer deep discounts on classes with one caveat: You must work at least as hard as I do. In other words, do some training with your dog every single day in between classes.
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