>> Our Terms, Conditions, and Disclaimer<<
>> Our Terms and Conditions <<
By applying and upon acceptance into our program, you agree to the following terms, conditions, and disclaimer.
To ensure understanding, our programs are designed for and we work with people that have documented invisible disabilities.
An invisible disability can be a hearing loss, mobility issues, seizures, diabetes, PTSD and anxiety disorder, or any other medical or mental disability that is not visually apparent that a Service Dog can be trained specific tasks to mitigate that disability.
We do NOT assist with the training dogs for individuals that are physically or visually impaired (Support Service Dogs or Guide Dogs). There are exceptions. Individuals that are in need of a Support Service Dog, provided that they are able to train their own dog. If the potential client is physically unable to stand, or is visually impaired, we will refer them to an appropriate and qualified trainer or organization.
We are oriented as an owner-trainer program. This means you, the owner, will be professionally instructed on how to train your own dog, at your own speed,
under both the direct and indirect supervision of DID's certified trainers.
Should your disability impair your ability to fulfill or complete the training that your trainer assigns, and dependent on the severity of the level of impairment, your trainer may choose to work with you individually, or may suggest another method of training.
Depending on the amount of training has been accomplished, an appropriate percentage of your payment may be refunded.
Final determination of any and all refunds shall be determined by the Board of Directors and their decision is final.
Before being accepted into our program your dog must:
1) be current on all vaccinations as appropriate to the dog's age and a heart worm and flea/tick control program is recommended as well. (Check with your vet for their recommendations).
2) be temperament tested to ensure a successful result and to ensure that neither your time or money are for naught (nothing).
3) be the recipient of the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Award (your dog can either challenge the "test", or receive CGC training by selecting a qualified trainer. We have provided a list of qualified trainers in the mid-Willamette area. Simply click here.
Upon acceptance into the training program:
A) We will assign you to one of our Spring and Fall cohorts. At that time we will lend you a "Service Dog In Training" vest (provided that we have one available in the correct size and which is to be returned upon completion of, or withdrawal from the program) for your potential Service Dog [referred to as SDiT] , and you (the handler) will start your training your dog.
B) Our Service Dog training program utilizes a balanced training approach (utilizing both positive and negative re-enforcement). Read more about balanced training techniques here
Special concerns for negative re-enforcement - This is typically done by: ignoring, tapping the dog's head with a single finger, collar corrections, verbally with the word "No", (and if necessary using the leash) to prevent the dog from moving in an undesired direction and other minimal physical and verbal restraints.
We DO NOT ever condone to hitting any dog under any condition what-so-ever as this is usually considered animal abuse.
Any handler that strikes their SDiT in an aggressive manner (so that if the movement proceeding the contact is repeated causes the SDiT to shy or back away) will be immediately suspended from the program for a period that will be determined by the trainer.
On a case by case basis, and at the discretion of the Board of Directors, the handler and SDiT may be permanently removed from the program without a refund of any monies paid.
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).
If you live in another state, you will need to fulfill the same requirements, though you may be permitted to "do your own training" under the guidance of one of our trainers. A Public Access Test is still required by you and your SDiT in the presence of one of our trainers AND when possible demonstrate that specialized tasks have been learned.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING: A SDiT team may, or may not, be allowed access in your State (Oregon grants full access).
Although, SDiTs are almost always in "dog friendly" locations, or where the owner chooses to permit the presence of your SDiT team (remember that your SDiT cannot intimidate, growl, or snap at people or other animals, eliminate inside the building, or otherwise interfere with the normal operation of the business).
Use this time to both practice tasks and work to strengthen your team. You can check your home state access laws by looking at the Table of State Assistance Animal Laws
D) Your SDiT team is expected to participate in the following (or do so on your own):
Your SDiT team is correctly introduced to the other SDiT teams. We will go on outings as teams to local business and events (typically to businesses that are "dog friendly" such as Home Depot, Lowes, PetCo and Pet Smart).
We also plan trips out of town, such as train rides and visits to local airports.
The goal 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.
E) This program offers extended care (when the "Complete Program is purchased). If your SDs performance stalls or diminishes, (and you purchased the "Complete Program Package), we encourage you to contact us through an email, a phone call, or by joining the SDiT teams to re-introduce or refresh your team's training
F) Your SDiT will learn individual tasks that are developed based on your individual needs.
These tasks are directly related to your disability by mitigating your disability.
These tasks might include:
Alerting (to warn), you of:
- low or high blood sugar
- an impending seizure
- that someone is trying to get your attention
- alert to medication schedule or performing a physical task of:
- retrieving medical equipment or medications
- picking dropped items up off the floor
- pulling open the refrigerator door
- pulling open any door (as feasible)
- trained to press automatic door openers at various locations
- pressing the button on an automatic phone dialer, a potentially life saving device
- grounding the handler with a nudge or jumping up on the handler (in the event of anxiety, panic attack, or a flashback) including DPT
>> Disclaimer <<
The content found on this website is not absolute.
Dogs for Invisible Disabilities is using this site to convey our own concepts, ideologies, beliefs, understandings, business foundations, and policies which may differ from those that are practiced by other businesses or individuals.
Dogs for Invisible Disabilities cannot in any way what-so-ever, be held responsible for the accuracy of the website as changes may be made by the board of directors prior to the webmaster's knowledge.
We cannot guarantee optimal results from the use our services (our training or advice to you, the client, of how to apply techniques to train your potential Service Dog. This is because you are the primary trainer/handler of your dog.
* In simple terms:
1) You as the client (with a medically documented qualifying disability that a Service Dog can be specifically train to assist in your access to public places) come to us with your dog that may become a candidate for training.
2) We will use our trained knowledge and experience to administer a Temperament Test to determine the likelihood of your dog to excel in our program. Outside factors that change your dog's temperament after the test has been administered may disqualify your dog from continuing in our program.
3) If your dog appears and behaves in a manner that is consistent within the Temperament Test standards AND you subsequently choose to pursue the use our training services to train your SDiT (including the instructions, actions, and techniques that we instruct you to follow), in the end, we anticipate that you and your SDiT will graduate our training program as a Service Dog team.
4 External factors that are beyond our control (situations experienced while training or in the public) can have a significant impact on your SDiT and their ability to continue in the program or may possibly result in a career change to either a Companion Animal or back to a pet.