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L.E.A.D

Are you thinking of getting a service dog? Before you do please ask yourself the following questions:

  • What breed do I want to get? Before you just go out and get a dog do your research on the breeds of dogs that interest you. What was that breed bred to do? If the dog was bred to be independent, sit in a field and guard it’s flock, it probably won’t be the right breed for you. It won’t be tuned in to your needs.
  • Are you able to afford getting a dog that comes from good breeding or are you looking to get a dog from the shelter. There are pros and cons to both.
  • What are the grooming requirements for the dog that you are interested in? If you are looking to get a poodle or a doodle, are you prepared to have your dog groomed every 8-10 weeks? Are you able to afford the cost of grooming? Even if the breed you pick doesn’t need much grooming, they still are required to be clean and need their toenails done.
  • Are you able to afford the dog food? What if your dog develops allergies and needs a special diet? Special diet food can be very costly.
  • All dogs need to see a veterinarian for annual visits and vaccinations which you can plan for, but are you able to afford the cost of an emergency. Most emergencies happen when your regular vet is closed and a trip to Pet Emergency can be extremely expensive.

We just want people to look at the whole picture. Training and having a service dog costs money and takes a lot of dedication to do it properly. There are too many people passing their dog off as their service dog but they are often “Fake” service dogs. Their dog often has not been through proper training.

 

L.E.A.D Training Program Curriculm

We assist and guide people with disabilities to train their own service dog. You will attend regular training classes. If you are not able to attend the regular classes then we can provide private classes. It is important that you attend the class is possible because your dog needs to be able to work under a variety of situations and distactions. Depending on the age of your dog will depend on which class to start with. When starting with a young puppy the curriculum of classes recommended would be:

  • S.T.A.R. Puppy class would be for puppies as young as 12 weeks to 4 months.
  • P.A.C. (Personal Awareness and Confidence) Class works on obstacles to build your dog’s confidence, service dog commands and a variety of distractions .
  • Beginning Obedience Class is to get your dog’s basic skills of walking on a loose leash, sit, down, stay, come, wait and being able to stay focused while training around the other dogs in class.
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen Class
  • Task Training
  • AKC Advanced CGC
  • AKC Urban Canine
  • Public Access Test

We feel that a dog shouldn’t be a “Service Dog In Training” until they have at least passed their CGC test. A service dog should have good obedience skills and manners.

If a dog has reactive issues towards people or other dogs we will not be able to have you continue the program. Service dogs can not have any reactive issues. We can not guarantee that your dog will be able to be a service dog. The progression of your dog will depend on the commitment you have in training your dog at home and doing field trips in the community where dogs are allowed to go.

 

Types of Service Dogs:

Service or Assistance Dogs perform tasks that people with disabilities may have difficulty performing independently. These dogs are trained to perform physical tasks such as pulling a wheelchair, retrieving objects, opening doors, turning on and off lights, tugging doors open

Mobility Dogs help people with balance issues. They brace for their handler when they stand, help them get up from a chair or get up from a fall. Mobility dogs are also known to retrieve items such phones, medications or dropped items.

PTSD Dogs help people who live with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD dogs help motivate their person to get out of their home to go for walks, go to the store, get to appointments and feel safe while doing so. These dogs help keep their person calm and with training can keep other people from getting to close. PTSD dogs can be trained to go into their home, do a check and even turn lights on for them.

Diabetic Alert Dogs are trained to know their persons’ blood different levels. These dogs can be taught to retrieve glucose, medication or the phone. They can be taught to dial 911.

Hearing Dogs are trained to alert their person to important noises such as the doorbell, smoke alarms, alarm clock, oven timers, babies crying, etc.

Home Help Mates are trained dogs to assist a person with a disability at home but cannot go into public. (For example-a dog with reactive issues to people or other dogs can still do the work but because of their behavior must stay at home)

 

Call us at 509-838-0596 or fill out our online contact form.

 

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