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We train task providing service dogs for people with a variety of disabilities. We most often work with clients who are diagnosed with PTSD, autism, seizures or mobility-related conditions however we have worked with handlers with all kinds of disabilities.
PTSD- PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) affects around 8 million Americans, and about 37% of those diagnosed with PTSD are classified with severe symptoms. A few symptoms can include intense feelings of distress when reminded of the tragic event, flashbacks, loss of interest in life and activities, and feeling emotionally numb and detached from other people. Service dogs for individuals with PTSD are trained to do certain behaviors and tasks to help those individuals cope with stress and anxiety. These dogs can help with crowd control by providing a physical barrier between their person and the people around them, along with providing stress-reducing pressure on trained parts of the body,- this is known as deep compression therapy. They also help spark a conversation encouraging more interaction with others. PTSD service dogs have full public access rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Autism affects 1 in 100 people. Autism service dogs provide a calming presence and can minimize emotional outbursts. Autism service dogs provide their handler with a sense of security, and a companion and can also alert and respond to episodes of overstimulation and anxiety. We tailor each dog's tasks to the needs of the handler. Autism service dogs have full public access rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
A seizure response dog is a dog who performs a specific behavior during or immediately after a person's seizure. Depending on the person's medical condition, some dogs can also be trained to detect a seizure before it happens, enabling the handler to prepare for and even stop the episode before it occurs. We tailor each dog's tasks to the needs of the handler. Seizure service dogs have full public access rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
A mobility service dog is a dog trained to assist a physically disabled person who has mobility issues, such as poor balance or being a wheelchair user. We train our mobility service dogs to retrieve items and assist with opening and closing doors as well as other tasks to assist someone with limited mobility. We tailor each dog's tasks to the needs of the handler. Mobility service dogs have full public access rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
*We do not train mobility service dogs to perform tasks that include the handler using the dog to physically support their body.