Which Emotional Assistance Dog is Best?
For some people, mobility restrictions or vision impairments require the assistance of a highly trained, certified service dog without exception. However, adults and children who live with emotional challenges like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Autism have several options when deciding what type of emotional assistance dog is the best fit for their individual needs and situations. Specifically, the three emotional assistance dog types are:
It is important to understand that federal law does not consider all three to be equal where public accessibility and partnership capability are concerned. This does not mean one type of emotional assistance dog is better, but rather that different handlers facing different life situations should do their research in order to choose the type that will be able to adequately meet their needs. Let’s take a closer look at the three emotional assistance dog types….
Companion Dog Requirements
However, companion dogs are not specifically trained to perform any tasks or commands, which is why the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) does not consider them to be service dogs. It is simply the principle of companionship that makes these dogs therapeutically valuable to their owners. Although this can be incredibly beneficial to all parties, the lack of any formal structure or training can also be potentially precarious for people who require a service animal to help navigate daily life situations safely, securely and effectively.
Therapy Dog Requirements
Therapy dog requirements can include different kinds of specialized public interaction training protocols, but sometimes a loving canine with an affectionate, calm nature can naturally transition itself into the role of therapy dog san training. Like companion dogs, therapy dogs are allowed in housing as part of the Fair Housing Act (FHA), but they are not recognized by the ADA as official service animals and therefore do not have to be allowed in public places like a highly trained service dog is. This discrepancy is extremely important for any prospective assistance dog owner to bear in mind, because it effectively dictates where the canine can accompany its handler. This leaves the decision to the discretion of the business owner or company in question, rather than federally mandated guidelines for accessibility.
Service Dog Requirements
This includes undergoing 180-360+ hours of specialized training in public situations, as well as learning in excess of 70 individual commands to assist handlers in all types of daily life (as well as emergency) situations. Furthermore, our service dog requirements include recertification every 3 years to ensure the canine continues to perform at an optimal level throughout its lifetime. It is very important to understand that an official service dog is sanctioned by the ADA to be able to accompany its handler in just about every type of public/social situation. For adults and children with Autism and PTSD, this means being able to accompany them on airplanes, at school, in restaurants, and almost every other location nationwide.
Non Profit Service Dog Organization
As a non profit service dog organization serving the residents of Arizona and all other states nationwide, we take our responsibility to educate service dog owners and the public-at-large very seriously. We cannot tell anyone which kind of emotional assistance dog is the best choice for their needs and life situation, but we are happy to discuss your needs, and then to help you make the most informed choice possible based on them. We welcome you to contact us so that we can help you figure out the option that best suits your unique requirements.
Because we are a non profit service dog organization, we rely solely on donations and support from the public to keep training and placing emotional assistance dogs with adults and children who benefit from these amazing animals the most. All donations are 100% tax deductible and go toward public outreach and training, as well as providing scholarship and sponsorship opportunities for the dogs and their human handlers. We welcome you to contact us to discuss how your donations help us accomplish our mission, and we thank you for your support.
Service Dogs for PTSD
Specifically, 30-60% of adolescents and teens who live through a traumatic incident develop PTSD symptoms. Although PTSD is known for its debilitating effect on military veterans, it also adversely affects adults and children who have lived through traumatic experiences including:
At Northern Arizona Service Dogs, we train service dogs for PTSD survivors with the utmost seriousness and rigor based on our understanding that these canine workers are extremely likely to be called upon to save the life of their human handler, as well as other people the handler might be in contact with when a PTSD episode occurs.
PTSD Service Dog Training
Service dogs for PTSD assist their human handlers in many ways beyond providing loving support, unconditional acceptance and therefore, naturally therapeutic anxiety reduction. Our PTSD service dog training program instills general commands and tasks common to all PTSD survivors, as well as specific tasks for the individual survivor who will receive their expertly trained, highly reliable PTSD service dog upon graduation. Some of the general commands and tasks we instill in our canines during PTSD service dog training include:
With anywhere between 180-360 hours of immersion necessary to complete our rigorous PTSD service dog training program, our service dogs for PTSD are ready to serve and protect their adult or children handlers in any kind of situation. Their loving demeanors and unwavering loyalty immediately make them invaluable family members to their handlers, as well as their handlers’ loved ones.
Non Profit Service Dogs in AZ
We are proud to provide only the highest trained and most reliable service dogs in AZ to adults and children living with PTSD throughout the United States. As a non-profit service dog charitable organization, we rely on the kindness and support of people like you in order to continue providing this necessary service to those who rely on these amazing animals the most. Whether or not you live in Arizona, your donation is invaluable because it helps us train and place service dogs in AZ and nationwide with PTSD survivors of all backgrounds and life situations.
All donations are 100% tax deductible and go directly to training programs, as well as scholarship and sponsorship opportunities for the dogs and their handlers. We welcome you to contact us to learn more about how you can help us successfully carry out our mission…. and on behalf of the people and canines we serve, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support.
10 Great Service Dog Breeds
When we set out to train a reliable service dog for adults and children who require a specialized, high quality canine companion to live an independent life, we do not allow ourselves to get hung up on one specific breed. This is because many different breeds of dog can make for excellent service animals depending on their human handlers’ unique needs and special abilities.
Sometimes we will use a purebred canine with official bloodlines, and other times we will find a mixed-breed canine in a shelter that turns out to be an excellent service dog by the time it graduates our intensive training program. However, the following 10 types of dogs have earned a reputation for being great service dog breeds for various situations. Please take a look at this list to learn more…. and we welcome you to contact us to discuss your service dog needs, or if you would like to make a tax deductible donation.
Creme and Golden Retrievers
Creme and Golden Retrievers are naturals at being service dogs because of their calm, gentle and loving demeanors. This includes working with people with autism and PTSD who need a supportive, understanding companion. Their large body stature also makes them perfect mobility and guide dogs.
Much like Creme and Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers also have calm, gentle and loving demeanors that make them excellent service dog breeds. In addition to being one of the most popular family dog breeds in the United States, Labradors are extremely smart and incredibly trainable, which makes them one of the most popular service dogs breeds as well for a variety of applications.
Although this breed is widely known as a police and military assistant, German Shepherds are gentle, loyal, obedient and protective. These traits make it an excellent service dog breed. Their large, strong physical statures make them an excellent choice for mobility assistance and guide dogs, as well as an outstanding seizure alert dog.
Many people do not know that greyhounds are quiet, affectionate and extremely sensitive to the circumstances around them. Their ability to pick up on subtle behavioral cues makes them excellent service dogs for people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, children and adults with autism, as well as health issues like allergies or seizures.
Say it isn't so Charlie Brown. Well, it most definitely is! Beagles combine a keen sense of smell detection with athleticism and stamina, which results in a service dog breed capable of detecting allergens for people at risk of life-threatening reactions to foods, as well as seizure alert dogs. They are also great for children and adults with autism due to their friendly, playful demeanors.
Like German Shepherds, Rottweilers have earned a reputation for being dogs largely associated with law enforcement and military duties. But their calm, gentle and loyal dispositions make them excellent service dogs for people with all sorts of unique abilities and needs. This includes being excellent mobility assistance and guide dogs due to their solid physical stature.
Although they gained their reputation as canine helpers on the ski slopes, St. Bernards have protective, nurturing demeanors that make them excellent service dog breeds for people with mobility challenges, sight or hearing trouble, and anyone else who needs a protective, loyal animal with a lot of affection to give.
We know that due to their small size, Pomeranians are not what many people think of as great service dog breeds. However, these dogs can be trained to help people with life-threatening allergies, as well as chronic medical conditions. Additionally, they can also alert the hearing impaired to alarms, sirens, doorbells and more.
Poodles are just overall great dogs because of their temperament and ability to learn. However, their hypoallergenic coats make them excellent options for people with allergies that might prevent them from having another kind of service dog. Poodles make great mobility assistance and guide dogs, as well as medical alert animals.
Following in the footsteps of perhaps the most famous animal of all time, Lassie, Collies are one of the most intelligent, loyal dog breeds. Specifically, Border Collies are gaining a reputation for their ability to perform service dog duties for people who have a risk of seizures, PTSD and anxiety. They are also becoming popular for animal assisted therapy purposes.
Non-Profit Service Dogs in AZ
At Northern Arizona Service Dogs, we strive to train and place the most reliable, highest quality service dogs in AZ and nationwide. Being a non-profit charitable organization, we rely on support from people like you to help us help as many adults and children in need of these amazing animals as possible.
Service Dogs for Autism
However, we do have a large and ever-growing body of research to indicate service dogs for autism help children and adults with all levels of ASD live independent, empowered lives. In addition to the CDC’s 2014 figures about children, many adults with ASD never had the benefit of an official diagnosis. Although the term ‘Autism’ was first coined in 1908, for many decades thereafter it was lumped with other conditions including Schizophrenia, or mishandled by clinicians like Psychologist Bruno Bettelheim. It was not until the late 1970’s that researchers began looking at genetic and biological reasons for ASD, which continues to the present day.
Autism Service Dog Facts
Over the past 40+ years, we have learned a tremendous amount about how to best help accommodate and nurture people of all ages with ASD. This includes providing adults and children across the ASD with an autism service dog. For the past few decades, the demand for service dogs for autism has grown exponentially. These dogs are highly trained to provide instant and sustained comfort, safety, security and support for their handlers. For example:
Therapy Dogs for Autistic Children
There are several different levels of canines for people with ASD. Although official service dogs for autism are the most well-known, the past several years have witnessed an increase in therapy dogs for autistic children and adults. In general, therapy dogs for autistic children and adults do not receive the same level of training as service dogs before being placed. A few other important differences include:
Some people choose therapy dogs for autistic children and adults instead of service dogs because of the higher perceived cost of ownership. Others choose them because it can be easier to find a canine with an excellent demeanor that requires relatively little training to become a therapy dog. Still others are even able to find and purchase a canine that has previously served as a therapy dog at a school or hospital.
We realize the decision between service dogs and therapy dogs for autistic children and adults rests with whoever is making the choice. However and based on our extensive experience, we strongly recommend educating yourself in all aspects of both types of dogs in order to ensure the canine companion you choose meets its handler’s every need. We welcome you to contact us if you would like to learn more about our service dogs for autism, in order to help you make the most educated, informed decision possible during this extremely important life process.
Non Profit Service Dog Organization
As a dedicated 501(c)3 non- profit service dog organization, Northern Arizona Service Dogs is committed to providing high quality, reliable and expertly trained service dogs for autism. We rely on our supporters’ generosity to help offset costs while the dogs are in our care, as well as once they are placed. This includes scholarship and sponsorship opportunities for the dogs and their handlers.
Because we are a non- profit service dog organization, your donation is 100% tax deductible and helps us continue to provide every adult or child in need with an autism service dog to help them live an empowered, independent life. Please contact us today to learn more about how you can help, and we thank you for your support!
Important Things to Know About Service Dogs
However, it was not until the 20th century that service dog training evolved to help people with special life situations. In 1929, the first official guide dog school in the United States was founded. It was called Seeing Eye Inc. By the 1960’s, service dogs for people facing unique challenges became more normalized, and by the mid-1970’s organizations like Canine Companions for Independence provided highly trained assistance dogs for adults and children.
Although service dogs appear almost everywhere today, there is still a lot of confusion and misunderstanding about how important they are for the well-being of their human handlers. Therefore, we hope this blog article helps you understand some important things to know about service dogs that you can use to help spread positive, compassionate awareness for these amazing animals. Please read on to learn 5 very important service dog facts.
5 Service Dog Facts
We have compiled this list of 5 service dog facts based on popular questions we are asked when performing public advocacy and outreach programs. If you have a question the information below does not answer, please contact us or leave a comment and we will be happy to answer it for you.
Arizona Service Dog Charity
As a 501(c)3 non-profit Arizona service dog charity organization, Northern Arizona Service Dogs relies on your generosity and kindness to provide our services to adults and children throughout the United States who benefit from these amazing canines. All donations are 100% tax deductible, and every little bit helps us tremendously toward achieving our mission. We hope these 5 service dogs facts are helpful to you, and we welcome you to contact us to discuss how you can help us help others who need help and hope the most. Thank You!