Service dogs are defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act and are dogs that are specifically trained to help people with disabilities. For example, service dogs can be trained to help people who have PTSD, mobility impairments, are deaf or hard of hearing, have diabetes or many other conditions.
Emotional support dogs and therapy dogs are not service dogs.
26% of the population in the USA lives with a disability and while many people would benefit from the assistance a service dog can provide, obtaining one can be time consuming and costly. Some accredited members of Assistance Dogs International (the organization which sets standards for assistance dogs) do provide services whereby they help an owner trained service dog, but many will not. The result is that if you’re seeking a service dog, you may be unable to use your own dog who is trainable and instead, end up with a different dog with whom you haven’t already bonded.
While Therapy Dogs are expected to be well trained (and Girl Friday ACK can help with that!) they are neither task trained nor given any special access rights.
Girl Friday is excited to announce that Als Allan is one of a small group of committed positive reinforcement dog trainers accredited by the esteemed Veronica Sanchez through her organization Cooperative Paws as a certified Service Dog Coach. Girl Friday ACK is available to help people with disabilities train their own dog to assist them as a mobility assistance or hearing alert service dog.
Not all dogs are suitable for public access work but even if that is the case, a skilled canine companion can provide immeasurable help at home.
In order for me to coach you on training your service dog, you will need to meet certain criteria.
Service Dog Training Requirements for the Owner: