Autism or Child Assistance service dogs work for the parent or guardian to help mitigate their child's disability. The parent/guardian is fully responsible for all the care, handling, and facilitating of the service dog. Children who are not of mature age and capacity cannot facilitate their own service dog at school and are not able to take the dog to school.
These service dogs provide support to the parent/guardian through tasks tailored to the child's needs. The dog can interrupt stemming behaviors, provide deep pressure therapy, track a child that has run off, and serve as a tether or lead for the child when out in public.
A service dog helps provide focus for the child by giving them a job to do. The child is encouraged to use their special lead to "walk" the service dog, while the parent/guardian is actually in control of the service dog and commanding the service dog to perform the tasks.
Many parents find the service dog to help their child fall asleep faster and to help them stay asleep and in their own bed through the night. While sleeping with their child is not a "task", allowing the parents to sleep through the night is an enormous victory.
Our service dogs are highly selected and bred specifically for providing a calming presence for the child. Service dogs are calm, affectionate and love to perform their tasks.
Teens and adults can experience a greater sense of independence with a highly trained service dog. Service dogs that can be controlled properly and effectively by their handler can accompany them at school or in the workplace.
It is in these most challenging environments, school and work, that a service dog is most helpful. They provide a calming presence and sense of security. Service dogs are trained in all public access in addition to the special requirements of working in a public school or busy work environment.
Tasks may include touch and lay. The dog may also be trained to sleep soundly overnight, providing that continuing comfort for sleeping through the night.
Autism/Adult assistance may include additional tasks to best help their handler. Our application process helps us to learn which tasks would be most beneficial.
Service dogs are wonderful companions for active seniors helping to retrieve dropped items, open doors, turn lights on, and provide stability standing and walking. Your service dog can be trained to call for help by activating the K9 Rescue phone.
Companionship is critical for those home bound. A constant, calming presence brings joy to dull days. Daily care and short walks encourage you to stay active.
Senior Assistance service dogs are also trained to sleep through the night, providing a calming presence and great sense of security.
A service dog performs customized tasks to help bring a sense of safety, security, self-awareness and companionship to affected individuals, military and civilian.
PTSD/ Psychiatric service dogs can enter the house in front of their handler and turn on a light, activate a K-9 Rescue Alarm to call for help, and stand away from their handler to increase their 'space bubble'.
The service dog may be trained to retrieve a medication bag, provide stability task assistance when medication causes imbalance, or respond to the alarm clock by licking or nudging the handler awake. The service dog may be trained to provide an interruption when emotional overload or disassociation occurs. Deep pressure therapy can be provided by the service dog lying on your lap or chest during times of stress.
The applications of a PTSD/ Psychiatric service dog are many; this is not an exhaustive list. PTSD service dogs are never trained to bark at, act aggressive towards, or used in any way to help 'protect' their handler. PTSD service dogs are friendly, highly social dogs suitable for public access that encourage the handler to become engaged with those around him or her.
Mobility service dogs assist individuals who currently utilize a manual or power wheelchair. The dogs assist their handler in various ways such as opening doors, retrieving dropped items, and turning on lights. They do not pull the wheelchair. They help their handler to navigate this very inaccessible world by reaching things high and low.
Stability service dogs are of considerable size to provide the strength needed to help their handler sit down and stand up. They also provide a strong guide when walking up and down stairs. Many stability dog handlers utilize a wheelchair and/or roller walker.
These service dogs also retrieve dropped items, open doors, and turn lights on. Stability service dogs can be trained to activate a K-9 Rescue Alarm to call for help should the handler fall or be unable to get up.