( I am not a 501 c so do not fund the service dogs) I work with military and organizations that will pay for the service dogs. Otherwise it is you paying for service dog training.
Highly trained dogs perform a multitude of tasks that allow greater personal freedom and independence. We serve clients residing in the Commonwealth of Virginia. When people think of medical service dogs, they usually think of seeing-eye dogs for the blind, or perhaps they think
of the therapy dog (please note that a therapy dog is not the same as a service dog). While a visual assistance dog is a service dog, there are many other amazing jobs that these incredible canines can be trained to do.
* ALL DOGS CANNOT BE TRAINED FOR SERVICE DOG WORK AND MUST BE EVALUATED FOR TEMPERAMENT AND WORK ABILITY. WE PREFER TO PICK THE DOGS OUR SELF TO ELIMINATE YOU GETTING A DOG THAT DOES NOT WORK
Our dogs are trained to do various jobs as medical service dogs such as:
- Alerting for help
- Alerting to a change in insulin levels
- Open/close doors, drawers and refrigerators
- Pick up dropped items
- Assist with mobility issues
- Mitigate the challenges of PTSD/TBI (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/Tramatic Brain Injury) blocking moves as well as interrupting behavior etc.
These very special dogs help to give people back their self-confidence and independence. We are so often told how vulnerable a disabled person feels in a crowd or maneuvering a large public area such as an airport. With their loyal and highly trained service dog at their side, disabled people often forget about the challenges they faced prior to having this wonderful support system.As stated by the ADA “Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. This does not apply to emotional support dogs. T. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA. They MUST perform tasks. PLEASE REFRAIN FROM RUINING THE SERVICE DOGS NAME BY TAKING YOUR PET INTO PLACES JUST BECAUSE YOU WANT YOUR DOG WITH YOU. YOU RUIN THE REPUTATION OF TRUE SERVICE DOGS. IMAGINE YOU HAD A DISABILITY AND NEEDED ASSISTANCE……… NOT JUST THAT YOU WANTED YOUR PET WITH YOU. THESE DOGS ARE HIGHLY TRAINED WORKING DOGS NOT PETS!!! Not only are people like this ruining the service dog name, but they are making things more complicated for those that have true service dogs. Leave your pet at home unless its somewhere your allowed to take “PET” animals. These are just like medication for people……would you take someone else’s prescription medication? Also, service animals are different than EMOTIONAL SUPPORT or THERAPY animals. The EMOTIONAL SUPPORT and THERAPY dogs are NOT covered under ADA and STATE laws and are NOT afforded the same rights.
DiabeticWhen you or someone you love has diabetes, worry is a constant companion. Many families fear that their loved ones won’t be able to live independent lives with diabetes. A dog specifically trained to react to the chemical change produced by blood sugar highs and lows can help give you the peace of mind that you need to lead a more confident, independent lifestyle. Service Dog Captain
PTSD (POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER) If you have experienced severe trauma or a life-threatening event, you may develop symptoms of post traumatic stress, commonly known as post traumatic stress disorder, PTSD, shell shock, or combat stress. Maybe you felt like your life or the lives of others were in danger, or that you had no control over what was happening. You may have witnessed people being injured or dying, or you may have been physically harmed yourself. Some of the most common symptoms of PTSD include recurring memories or nightmares of the event(s), sleeplessness, loss of interest, or feeling numb, anger, and irritability, but there are many ways PTSD can impact your everyday life you may have PTSD. Some factors can increase the likelihood of a traumatic event leading to PTSD, such as:
- The intensity of the trauma
- Being hurt or losing a loved one
- Being physically close to the traumatic event
- Feeling you were not in control
- Having a lack of support after the event A wide variety of symptoms may be signs you are experiencing PTSD:
- Feeling upset by things that remind you of what happened
- Having nightmares, vivid memories, or flashbacks of the event that make you feel like it’s happening all over again
- Feeling emotionally cut off from others
- Feeling numb or losing interest in things you used to care about
- Becoming depressed
- Thinking that you are always in danger
- Feeling anxious, jittery, or irritated
- Experiencing a sense of panic that something bad is about to happen
- Having difficulty sleeping
- Having trouble keeping your mind on one thing
- Having a hard time relating to and getting along with your spouse, family, or friends It’s not just the symptoms of PTSD but also how you may react to them that can disrupt your life. You may:
- Frequently avoid places or things that remind you of what happened
- Consistent drinking or use of drugs to numb your feelings
- Consider harming yourself or others
- Start working all the time to occupy your mind
- Pull away from other people and become isolated PLEASE DONATE Check out all the videos and photos on Facebook.
PHYSICAL ASSISTANCE DOGS These dogs are trained to assist people in wheelchairs with tasks such as opening doors, picking up items, getting the phone, and so much more. Imagine going up to your house one afternoon, you drop your keys. For most of us, this is not a problem. But for someone in a wheelchair who must wait until help comes along, it poses a real challenge. Now imagine that individual in the wheelchair has a trained service dog who can retrieve the keys and even hold the door open for you. Life is much more manageable and you are no longer dependent on someone else day in and day out to help you with the smallest of tasks.
How do dogs help any of these?
Each day these dogs significantly impact their partners’ lives. People who couldn’t do the ordinary activities of daily living that others take for granted are able to function independently with the help of their canine partners.
They are also highly trained. The dogs that are trained here go through several obedience tests as well as must pass a public access test from IAADP (under links) standards on a pass or fail basis as well as an ADI accredited organization test . All service dogs are also tested through the Foundation For Service dogs. Training is anywhere from 1 year to 18 months every week.