Service dog and assistance dog evaluations
Selecting the right service dog candidate for assistance work is crucial. Assistance dogs can be trained for hearing alerts, seizure alerts, mobility and bracing, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and guide dogs among others. Depending upon the work the dog will be doing, certain traits are desired, and others will make for problems later on. To ensure your training efforts are effective, selecting the right candidate for the job and the client can help minimize training time and make the pairing successful.
Distraction training for assistance and service dogs
Service dogs are at their best when they learn to work through distractions and keep focused on their handler and the task at hand. Each dog has certain distractions that seem more troublesome than others. We can help address areas of concern and develop a plan to maintain focus and reliability in the service dog.
Therapy dogs can bring a great deal of joy to others in nursing homes, assisted living centers, funeral homes, schools and in times of crisis. The nature of therapy dog work requires a very special dog and it is essential to start with a dog that has the right temperament. When it comes to therapy work, not all dogs are created equal. A therapy dog must be intuitive, patient, social, gentle, peaceful, resilient and environmentally stable. We can evaluate and temperament test a dog you are considering for therapy work.
Once you have the perfect therapy dog candidate picked out, we can also help you tailor your dog’s skills so they perform reliably in all situations. Training a therapy dog can be a large time commitment on your part, but it is an incredibly rewarding thing to do, for the people you serve, your dog and yourself.