Purchasing an already trained service dog can be quite costly and some families are unable to afford this route. I offer as much early training and socializing as possible while getting the families involved right away. I start by choosing and/or evaluating the dog or puppy to be used as a service dog. Sessions take place in the owner's home and in public locations. Training is done by both myself and the owner(s). *Additional task training may need to be outsourced.
Service dogs provide a sense of comfort for children with autism as well as help them improve communication skills, provide stability when they get overwhelmed and give them a sense of independence. I help train the dogs to assist the children, as well as the parents, in a variety of ways.
Emotional Support Animals give support through comfort, the ability to calm the person, and to generally provide company. Excellent obedience and social skills are important to qualify a dog as an ESA. *They do not have the same rights as a trained Service Dog.*
I offer temperament testing and training (as well as a referral for CGC testing) to individuals with a diagnosis from a doctor.