A Service animal is an animal that is individually trained to work and perform a task or a series of tasks that benefit an individual with a disability (whether medical or psychosocial) in order to facilitate their ability to function with ease in society.
Medical Alert Assistance Dogs are trained to help people with life-threatening health conditions, giving them greater independence and above all saving their lives on a daily basis. Our dogs are trained to assist individuals with health issues. They are taught to identify the changes in scent that happen with the chemical changes caused by serious and chronic medical conditions. Currently the majority of our Medical Alert Dogs work with people with epilepsy in many forms and diabetes. We also train medical alert dogs for other conditions including Lupus, PTSD, Panic Disorders, heart conditions, and severe allergic responses. We continue to investigate and train for other crippling conditions which our dogs may have the ability to detect.
Canine Bio Detection Services assists people in training their own dog to become their service dog.
Training includes either group classes, private sessions or board and train. We have numerous outings to test the dogs in various public places. We train in basic dog obedience, appropriate behavior in public places, specific tasks based on individual needs.
We assist our clients in finding an appropriate dog for service. Generally this means a dog who is between the ages of 6 months to 2 years, is calm, favors humans over other dogs, has no demonstrable behavior issues, has a good work ethic and passes the required physical.
If for any reason you cannot add another dog to your household and you wish to use your current dog, your dog will undergo an initial assessment to determine appropriate temperament as well as assessment every six months within the training until graduation then yearly after graduation.
Training requires dedication, patience and commitment of working with your animal on a daily basis.
Americans With Disabilities Act states that anyone depending on an animal to function should be allowed full access to all private businesses that serve the public, like restaurants, stores and theaters. The law specifies that such animals must be trained specifically to assist their owner. Animals may provide either Psychiatric, Assistance or Medical related tasks that assist in the daily functions of their owners.
Service Animals must be TRAINED.
Being able to take your animal everywhere sounds great but the individual must be aware that it requires patience, understanding, willingness to follow through, and overall hard work. The individual should at al times be aware of the laws and expectations regarding service animals and their behaviors.
Before deciding on a service animal a few things must be taken into consideration:
Is the animal for a psychiatric, assistance or medical issue
What types of tasks do you expect the animal to perform (Companionship/ Comfort is NOT A TASK)
Are you willing to make the effort, attend classes regularly, complete homework tasks for up to 2 Years.
The first 3 levels are basic to advanced obedience. This is necessary for all service, assistance and therapy dogs.
Level 1 covers the basics of obedience and public manners including:
Level 2 covers distractions, other dogs, leash handling issues in everyday life, vet and groomer visits, the beginnings of retrieves.
Level 3 covers:
Level 4 covers control in public places
Level 5 starts the process of task specific training individual for each service team.