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A) Our Service Dog training program utilizes a balanced training approach. Read more about balanced training techniques here
NOTE: Before being accepted into our program your dog must:
1) be current on all vaccinations as appropriate to the dog's age (a heart worm and flea/tick control program is recommended as well).
2) be temperament tested to ensure a successful result and to ensure that neither your time or money are for naught (nothing).
C) Our program is oriented to the Corvallis, Albany, and Salem, area - cities in central western Oregon. SDiT teams are expected to travel to and participate in weekly Training Sessions. Our trainers may choose, at their discretion, travel to assist a SDiT team that resides within 200 miles (compensation for travel time and fuel cost is expected).
NOTE: If you are outside Oregon, and, on the rare exception approved, to participate in our program, keep in mind that, a SDiT team may, or may not, be allowed access in your State (Oregon grants full access to SDiT teams). SDiT teams are almost always in "dog friendly" locations, or where the owner chooses to permit the presence of a SDiT team.
Remember that if your SDiT intimidates (shows teeth), growls, or snaps at people or other animals, eliminates inside the building, or otherwise interferes with the normal operation of the business, you will be asked to leave (this is a legal right for the safety and comfort of other customers and staff). Contact your trainer immediately if this occurs.
Use this time to both practice tasks and work to strengthen your team. You can check your home state's SDiT access laws by looking at the Table of State Assistance Animal Laws
D) We will help you understand and have the confidence that once your SD team training is complete, your team will legally have full access to any where that the general public can access.
E) Subsequently, each SDiT team is correctly introduced to the other SDiT teams. We will go on outings as teams to local business and events. We also plan trips out of town, such as train rides and visits to local airports. The goal here is to positively expose the dogs to as many different stimuli and environments as possible so that you and they graduate as a confident and well trained Service Dog team.
F) Our program is NOT one of those that says "Okay, your Service Dog is trained and you are now a working team, have a nice life".
Our program exceeds those minimalistic programs by offering extended care. If your SD's performance stalls or diminishes, we encourage you to contact us through an email, a phone call, or by joining a SDiT team's Training Session to re-introduce and/or refresh your team's training.
G) Each SDiT will learn individual tasks that are developed based on the needs of their handler. These tasks are related to the handler's disability by helping the handler to mitigate the handler's disability. These tasks might include:
The (SDiT) may perform complex tasks such as the alert, to warn, the handler of:
1) low blood sugar;
2) an impending seizure;
3) or that someone is trying to get the handler's attention;
Or perhaps simpler, but absolutely necessary:
4) picking dropped items up off the floor;
5) pulling open the refrigerator door;
6) pulling open any door (as feasible);
7) grounding the handler with a nudge or more in the event of anxiety or a flashback;
8) trained to press automatic door openers at various locations;
9) pressing the button on an automatic phone dialer, a potentially life saving task.
The automatic phone dialer has been patented by the founder of Dogs for Invisible Disabilities, and is in production - you could save someone by going to our Gifting for others page).