SERVICE DOG TRAINING
We offer Service Dog training assistance for those who need the help of an assistance canine to mitigate a medical disability. We train for light mobility assistance (non weight bearing), medical response, and PTSD assistance. Seraphim Service Dogs is our training program for assistance dogs.
We do not employ the use of aversive tools or compulsive training methods. All training done through our program is science-backed and evidence-based using force-free and reward based techniques. This means we do not allow the use of the following tools while in our program: e-collars, spray/citronella collars, prong collar, choke chains, Gentle Leaders, Halti's, no pull harnesses that cut across the shoulders, slip leads, or any other tool your dog may find aversive.
To be accepted into the program, a letter of recommendation from a local licensed medical professional directly indicating the need for a trained Service Dog is needed. This letter should also state the medical reasoning for this need, and how the dog would be able to mitigate your disabilities.
We also require an application we will send you, as well as having a 1-hour phone consultation prior to enrollment in our Service Dog program to discuss your needs and goals.
One of our trainers is required to evaluate your dog if you want to sign up using an existing pet that you own. Your dog must pass our behavioral evaluation and service dog testing criteria in order to be accepted into the service dog-training program. If you currently don't have a dog for the program, we will assist in the process of finding a dog for you that will fit your needs. The dog could be found potentially in a local shelter, through a rescue or from an ethical preservation breeder. We do not begin the process of searching for a dog until the client has committed to the program by signing the training agreement and fulfilling their financial portion of that contract.
All service dogs in our Seraphim Service Dogs program must pass a CGC (Canine Good Citizen Test), CGCA & CGCU, as well as our Public Access Test and a specific task related test. Handlers are also asked to pass a verbal or written (depending on client) test on service dog laws, dog handling commands and cues, speaking with the public about their dog and basic medical care for their dog.
If you would like more information on getting your dog trained to mitigate your disabilities, or have any other questions regarding the Seraphim Service Dog program, please give us a call or send us an email.
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