Guidelines of Service

Public Access Canine Training

For individuals or families faced with challenges related to disabilities, (mental and/or physical) I offer service dog training, specifically for individuals with PTSD, including but not limited to veterans, children, first responders, and sexual trauma victims. This includes Public Access and Non-public access work based on the abilities of the dog and the needs of the person with the disability.

Please do not inquire about service dog training for your dog if you do not have a physical or mental disability. I do not train dogs for public access for anyone that does not have an actual need for the tasks provided by service animals. This includes training for Emotional Support Animals. It is illegal to falsely impersonate a service animal in public, even if your animal is well trained.

Requirements:

Recommendation from a health professional. If you do not have one already, please talk with your healthcare provider, (therapist, psychologist, etc.) ahead of time about your interest in adding a service dog to your treatment plan.

If using a canine already living in the household, a temperament evaluation will need to be conducted to ensure that the dog is a good candidate for service dog training.

There are no guarantees. Service animals are still animals and while I do the best I can to determine a dog’s fitness for service work, dogs change as they develop and mature which can lead to behavioral and temperament changes in each life stage leading up to full maturity. There is also no guarantee as to how a dog will respond to different stimuli in different situations. I can only make educated assumptions based on the dog’s overall temperament, response to training, and the handler/owner’s consistency.