Family Friendly, Individualized, 1:1 Training

 Barbara White-Willner
K-9 SOL Owner

Certified Trainer: IACP, Professional #2994; National K9 #502

Member of Diabetes Alert Dog Alliance

Evaluator: TMH Animal Therapy, Pet Partners, & AKC CGC

 

 

"Providing Socialization, Obedience and Leadership to People and Their Pets"

Phone: 850.422.2599

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Service Dog

So you want a service dog?

Before you give me, or any reputable trainer, a call, ask yourself one question. Do you want this “service dog” so your dog can travel on planes and stay in restricted hotels with you or because you really have a medical need?

The field of service dog training has, unfortunately, become a gray area to the general public and a quagmire to ethical trainers since individuals can order identifications, vests, etc. off the internet and put them on untrained dogs. To further confuse the issue, the world at large does not know what questions are legal to ask and what are intrusive (You may ask “What specific task can your dog do for you that you cannot do for yourself?” You may not ask if someone is handicapped or what a person’s disability might be). And all too often, unethical individuals take advantage of this situation. The law is slowly catching up with reality. For example, the latest revision of the American’s for Disability’s Act (ADA) specifically excludes "Emotional Support" dogs but not PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) dogs. 

Yet there are many legal and ethical reasons for obtaining and using a service dog. There is also a broad range of service dogs, from balance dogs to medical alert dogs. Here at K-9 SOL, we have experience in training dogs for several disabilities and belong to the Diabetic Alert Dog Alliance.

In training any service dog, the sooner a trainer is brought into the picture the better. You, the owner, will need help choosing the correct breed and puppy for your disability. And then training starts right away because, while socialization is paramount, your puppy is also preparing for a lifetime job. While each service area differs, there are markers in training that are similar. All dogs should achieve their Canine Good Citizen, their Public Access Test and should be able to achieve the same certification level as set forth by the Diabetic Alert Dog Alliance in their certification test but tailored to its own service area. 

While service dogs are expensive, you are investing in an invaluable medical tool.