We offer Mobility Service Dogs to assist those who may be confined to a wheelchair, use a walker, or rely on another mobility assistance device. Mobility service dogs can be trained to perform a variety of tasks that are difficult to achieve without help. Their aid can be a life changing experience for those who are confined to the use of assistance devices. The companionship of a Mobility Service Dog gives people the independence they desire.
Every dog is hand selected and tested to ensure that they have the capability to do the work we ask of them. We want to make sure each dog is healthy, both physically and mentally. Puppies are raised by our trainers, and begin housebreaking as well as learning manners in the home. When puppies start the training program, they begin socialization and basic obedience. We expose our mobility service dog candidates to every sight and sound we believe they may encounter in their line of work. They are taken to restaurants, museums, parks, grocery stores, churches, schools, festivals, nursing homes, shopping centers, malls, and many more places. They are socialized with other dogs and animals, and to as many people as possible. We expose our mobility service dogs to people of all ages and sizes. They are socialized to mobility equipment devices, so their sight and movement becomes familiar and comforting to them. Many of our mobility service puppy candidates begin socialization in nursing homes, schools, and stores.
Our mobility service dog candidates are taught from an early age to distinguish between work and play. They are introduced to their service capes and harnesses early in their training so they are comfortable moving around in their service equipment. We set a guideline for structure with each mobility service dog candidate, including feeding and break schedules, which help the dog to differentiate his or her role. We work with our clients to help them maintain this structure after the dog goes home.
Mobility Service Dog Training
Mobility Service Dog training takes approximately 10 to 16 months. This can vary with each individual dog; some dogs will pick up on certain tasks with ease, while others may learn at a slower pace. As puppies get older they are worked in real-world scenarios and taught the tasks they need to aid an individual who has mobility issues.
Every dog we deliver has impeccable obedience as well as a set of working tasks we expect them to perform to assist their handlers.
Based on your application and packet, we will work to find and select a dog suited to your individual needs. When a viable mobility service dog candidate has been identified, we provide the opportunity to meet the dog and spend quality time with him. This allows us to ensure the dog will be the right fit for you, and assures your satisfaction with the selection. If, after meeting with the dog, you are not comfortable with the match, we will continue to search for a dog that is an appropriate match. It is important to find the right companion.
Some of the tasks we train our dogs to perform include:
When items are dropped on the floor, such as keys, pens, wallet, etc., it can be difficult or even impossible for a person with a physical impairment to retrieve those items on their own. Our mobility assistance dogs are trained to retrieve dropped items, and return them to the individual.
- Turning lights on and off.
Turning light switches on and off can be challenging to those with mobility impairments. A mobility assistance dog is a great resource to assist in this simple, but important task.
- Opening and closing doors, cabinets, drawers.
Doors, cabinets, closets, drawers, refrigerators, freezers, and many other spaces which may be difficult to access, are made readily available with the help of a mobility assistance dog.
- Pushing buttons
For some individuals, it can be difficult to press the button on an elevator, making it an ideal task for a mobility service dog.
- Stability assistance.
Some of our mobility assistance clients have limited mobility, but still have difficulties climbing stairs unaided. With assistance from a service dog, they are able to balance themselves, and are more capable and confident navigating through their daily life.
- Carrying Objects.
Our mobility dogs are able to carry things such as medicines, papers and other items that may be necessary at all times. We have trained service dogs to carry school books and other items for children who are unable to do so.
If you are considering a mobility assistance or service dog for your needs, but have questions, please feel free to contact us. We are happy to help you find the right companion to fit your needs.