Generally a service animal is defined as any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Tasks performed can include, among other things, pulling a wheelchair, retrieving dropped items, alerting a person to a sound, reminding a person to take medication, or pressing an elevator button. All service dogs have public access guaranteed through the Americans with Disabilities Act. See the Our Services page to see what kinds of service dogs we train.
Examples would be:
PTS (Post Traumatic Stress) Dogs
Our PTS (PTSD) Service Dogs support individuals with anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues, and we are careful to ensure that each of our students is teamed with a dog that best suits that person’s capability, lifestyle, mobility, personality, and psychological needs. We match each applicant with the dog that will be their partner, and the power of this partnership transforms both their lives. It is this bond within a working service dog team that makes all of the magic happen.
Mobility Assistance Dogs
A service dog that acts as the arms and legs for someone who has a physical disability is called a mobility service dog. Mobility service dogs are specially trained to help with movement and movement tasks. A mobility service dog will usually be a larger breed of dog, to provide stability to the human...
Therapy dogs are used in various settings to bring comfort to individuals in need. Therapy dogs don’t just work to bring joy to their handlers, but to other people; a variety of people and situations can be helped by the visits of a therapy dog
Emotional Support Animals
For some people with mental or emotional conditions, the presence of a dog is beneficial to their well-being. The dog’s ability to help the person deal with the challenges of their emotional difficulties adds quality to life. These dogs are called Emotional Support Animals (ESA).
WHY CHOOSE OUR SERVICES?
We are a group of compassionate, experienced animal lovers that desire to help make lilfe better, easier and more fulfilling for those struggling in our community.
SOME BENEFITS OF OWNING A SERVICE DOG
The service dog can give those struggling with PTS a purpose in their life. The dog can give them the desire and confidence to engage with the community, family and even the potential to go to Walmart. The companionship of the dog will alleviate a feeling of lonliness.
A service dog can aid those with mobility issues and make it easier for them to navigate the community safely and more independently. The handler and their family feel a sense of security with the accompaniment of a service dog.
A Service dog can motivate their handler to begin interacting more with others, and their communities. A dog can increase mental and physical fitness of the handler.
EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMALS
Emotional Support Animals or Comfort Animals are often used as part of a medical treatment plan as therapy animals, they are not considered service animals under the ADA. These support animals provide companionship, relieve loneliness, and sometimes help with depression, anxiety, and certain phobias, but do not have special training to perform tasks that assist people with disabilities. Even though some states have laws defining therapy animals, these animals are not limited to working with people with disabilities and therefore are not covered by federal laws protecting the use of service animals.
Therapy animals provide people with therapeutic contact, usually in a clinical setting, to improve their physical, social, emotional, and/or cognitive functioning. Therapy animals can be used in a "read-to-me program" in schools, on college campuses to relieve anxiety and loneliness. In a courtroom situation where children need to tell a story, they can tell it to the dog without judgement or fear and gain confidence and comfort from the presence of the dog. Of course, there are the more well-known settings of hospitals and assisted living facilities.
“ A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. ”
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