DOGS AS ASSISTANTS
We specialize in Mobility Assistant dogs. These dogs help people with physical limitation of any kind.and will open up the world to those with special needs allowing them to go places and do things like anyone else. Our dogs are proven at what they can do and are able to do their jobs no matter the circumstance. They are tested under every circumstance possible for the absolute best outcome. Any person with a disability can qualify for a service dog of any kind, including PTSD, by meeting the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. A doctors letter is required.
A dog needs to be able to pass the Public Access Test in order to qualify & be called a service dog. the PAT proves your dog is task trained for your disability. A PSD dog provides support to people suffering primarily from panic attacks, anxiety, depression, & isolation. A PSD dog jobs include a calming presence & help with daily presence . A mobility dog will help with daily task such as picking up a dropped object, bringing medication to their handler, or helping the handler maintain balance because some medications cause dizziness. Test qualifications provided thru www.psychdog.org.
Your dog can be taught to be a support for you to get up from the floor. They can pick up an item off the floor & hand it to you. They can go to the fridge to retrieve your medicine & bring it to you. If in a wheelchair they will walk along with you & perform the task that are ask of it. Turn lights off, open a door. put things in your shopping cart if needed.
A SHINING EXAMPLE
This is Brighton. He has been trained as a mobility assistant dog. He does support for his owner to get up or balance. He will pick up an item from the floor when asked, so his owner doesn't have to bend over. He was trained for someone with physical limitations and could be trained for additional needs. Each dog is trained for the individual's issues, so no service dog is "ready to walk out the door" until the correct match has been made between person and dog, and the dog can perform all tasks for their new owner.
DOGS AS HEALERS
Therapy dogs have been found to help in almost every rehab situation. Each situation is different for each rehab center & needs, so each dog is trained for the specific needs of that particular program.
Each dog is trained for the perfect outcome of its individual situation.
A DOG IS AN ENHANCER OF PSYCHOLOGICAL WELL BEING
(companion dog ; psychiatric dog)
A dog can clearly enhance the quality of life for humans. It can fill central psychological needs; for instance: dispelling loneliness & boredom, facilitating social contact, & providing opportunities to feel appreciated & understood. It also gives it's owner a positive self image, & an acceptance of self & increased confidence.
A DOG MEANS EXERCISE
Many doctors recommend getting a dog as a long-term therapy against the lack of exercise & the medical problems arising from this lack. The simplest form of exercise , walking, can counteract the process of physical deterioration. 95 out of 100 doctors agree to a higher life expectancy from walking. Antone owning a dog has to walk regularly & half of all dog owners spend 10-20 hours a week walking their dog which keeps you much healthier.
Regular walks like this can also be used in rehabilitation situations. Erik Friedman, (an american university professor) studied patients who had suffered heart attacks & found that the rate of survival was 4 times greater for owners of a pet. She came to the conclusion not only that the increased physical activity provided by a dog has a life-prolonging effect, but also that a dogs companionship and need for care are of direct physiological benefit.