In my service dog training program dogs are trained and conditioned to assist people with physical, mental, and emotional impairments. I offer a variety of Service Dogs at Custom K9 Solutions.
MOBILITY ASSISTANCE DOGS
A Mobility Assistance dog is a service dog trained to assist a physically disabled person with mobility issues. Mobility tasks I currently offer: Counter balance and stability support, wheelchair pulling, carrying and picking up items, opening and closing doors, operating switches, pressing buttons, etc.
HEARING ALERT DOGS
Hearing Alert Dogs are specially trained companions who aid people who are deaf or have hearing loss. Hearing dogs alert their partners to important sounds in their environment. Sounds a dog can alert to include a door knock or doorbell, smoke alarm, alarm clock, tea pot whistling, cooking timers, washer/ dryer tones, tones from vehicles or machines in reverse, telephone or cell phone ring, dropped items, and their handler's name when spoken by another. Besides alerting to trained alarms/ sounds, these dogs are especially sensitive to noises, and their handler can learn a lot about their surroundings by watching the dog’s visual cues. An example is a dog noticing when someone approaches from behind to try and get your attention.
PSYCHIATRIC SERVICE DOGS (PSD)
A psychiatric service dog is a dog trained to assist their handler with a psychiatric disability such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Schizophrenia, Depression, Anxiety, and Bipolar Disorder. Task training and activity training is specialized to effectively mitigate the effects of a disabling psychiatric impairment and/or the medical treatments for such conditions. PSDs are taught specific fear/ anxiety management tasks to assist their partner during symptoms and in a situation requiring outside help. They are also taught tactile stimulation behaviors that provide vital reality affirmation and grounding when a handler summons their dog. Stimulation includes licking, nudging, and the retrieval of key items like a telephone, remote, medications, or a toy to engage their handler with play. PSDs can also be trained to "bluff" silently or audibly on command in an effort to keep strangers at bay. I offer Psychiatric Service Dogs with the following tasks: Disassociation interrupt, tactile stimulation, room clearing, deep pressure therapy, self harm alert & interrupt, blocking, and deterrent behaviors.
AUTISM ASSISTANCE DOGS
Autism Assistance Dogs not only receive extensive task related training but they are also conditioned for the very special role of assisting a child or adult on the Autism Spectrum. Dogs must be kind, confident, and engaging in any situation or environment. I expect dogs in my program to be an ideal blend of Psychiatric Service Dog, and therapeutic Emotional Support Animal. The tasks I offer for Autism Assistance Dogs are tactile stimulation and grounding behaviors, room clearing, deep pressure therapy, and handler tracking.
EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMALS (ESA)
An emotional support animal is a companion animal that provides a therapeutic benefit to its owner through companionship. I train ESAs to provide emotional support and comfort to individuals with psychiatric disabilities and other mental impairments. More and more establishments are accommodating ESAs and their handlers so environmental conditioning and public access training is extremely important to the overall effectiveness of an ESA
Often, the interaction between dogs and people is a positive therapeutic experience. I train Facility Dogs to be polite and hospitable to everyone they meet. Canines in my program receive the same and conditioning as other service dogs but are provided to nursing homes, assisted living facilities, mental health and juvenile detention centers, hospitals, court houses, and rehab facilities, and women's shelters. Facility dogs must be kind, warm, and love people of all ages. Unlike other Service Dogs, Facility Dogs are trained to aid and engage many people and be accepting of all residents and welcoming to all visitors. The benefit those within a facility by engagement and specialized companion animal training.
I have traveled domestically and internationally with service dogs in training. I love working with these special beings and love talking about current affairs and unique experiences associated with service dogs. I have worked one on one with a wide variety of handlers of all ages and of varying degrees of impairment or dog handling experience.
If you have any questions about obtaining a Mobility Assistance Dog, Autism Assistance Dog, Psychiatric Service Dog (PSD), Hearing Alert Dog, Emotional Support Animal (ESA) or would like to speak to me about your specific circumstances, please feel free to contact me.