Does this make you feel all mushy inside and overwhelmed with a desire to help? If that is the case and you are one of the millions that cannot resist puppy breathe, then why not get involved by fostering a puppy or maybe even training a dog.
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Here you can find centres that aid in the training of Assistance Dogs for...
"...we didn't ask for this job. We didn't have to. It's built in. Has been ever since the dawn of time... when a few wild dogs took it upon themselves to watch over man, to bark when he's in danger, to run and play with him when he's happy, to nuzzle him when he's lonely. That's why they call us man's best friend."
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Below are just a few of the places that specialize in assistance dog training.
Do you have a training facility that you would like to add to the list? If so please contact us and we will gladly add your service, don’t worry it is free.
Therapy Dogs International
If you own a well behaved, well socialised dog then you may consider getting involved in Animal Assisted Therapy. TDI is the place to contact apart from registering you with an institution they will assess your dog and help to train it.
This is another centre that can assist you with getting involved in the wonderfully rewarding world of pet therapy.
Dogs For The Disabled
Dogs For The Disabled is an organisation that relies solely on charity and they provide dogs to families with children that have autism. These dogs help to relieve the anxiety often associated with this disorder. A study was carried out by Université de Montreal in 2010 and their findings support the benefits of service dogs for autistic children.
Paws with a Cause
Not only can you acquire an assistance dog at Paws but you can get involved but fostering and training a dog, don’t panic they will guide you step by step through the process. They train service dogs for the hearing impaired, wheelchair bound and kids with autism.
Freedom Service Dogs of America
Freedom service dogs mainly train dogs to assist people with limited motor function. These dogs are able to perform tasks such as helping with balance while walking, opening doors and carrying things amongst others.
Can Do Canines
Can Do Canines have mobility assist, autism assist, hearing assist and diabetes assist dogs. Their dogs can bring greater independence and mobility to people with these disorders. I love their slogan ‘Our assistance dogs fetch amazing things.’ Pretty cool.
The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (Neads), supply assistance dog training for the deaf and disabled as well as for combat veterans. They use the service of prison inmates to help with their training programs. Neads also has dogs that are employed to visit facilities for children with mental illness and trauma. For $50 you can even take a tour of their facility. A great days outing, if you are in the area.
The Mira foundation provides in house training for prospective dog partners. They assess the needs of the person and do the assistance dog training accordingly. Since its’ inception Mira has trained over 2000 dogs, so I think they know what they are doing!
Puppies Behind Bars
It does exactly what it says. Puppies Behind Bars uses inmates to do assistance dog training, not only in the detection area but also to be able to work with physically impaired people. So, right from eight weeks old, these dogs are already providing a service, they are teaching hardened criminals respect, compassion and providing them with a tool to give something back.... ‘ In training the dog, the dog was training me.’
The Seeing Eye
Their motto is ‘Independence and dignity’ and that is exactly what they aim to provide for people who are visually impaired. You can also get involved by fostering a puppy until it is ready for training.
Dogs for Diabetics
Diabetic Assistant dogs are specifically trained to use the scent senses to monitor changes in blood sugar levels. These dogs will then use a pre conceived signal to alert their partner to the problem, this allows the diabetic to treat their condition before it becomes symptomatic.
South African Guide Dogs
Their dogs and partners are enrolled in a training programme whose main aim is to provide independence and dignity for the partially sighted and blind.
Paws for People
They are currently working on their training program for service assistance dogs and I am sure would appreciate any helping hands.
Canine Companions for Independence
CCI trains service dogs for mobility, hearing dogs and therapy dogs.
Guiding Eyes For The Blind
Guiding Eyes For The Blind don’t only train dogs for visually impaired but also dogs for the hearing impaired and kids with autism. Heeling autism dogs are trained to keep the children safe.
Assistance Canine Training Services
ACTS dogs are exposed to it all before and during training. Some of their training is even done with kids, which is great. They also have a need for puppy parents to foster.
Bergin University of Canine Studies
Bergin have a facility that provides onsite assistance dog training for both dog and dog owner. From what I understand they also train people in all things canine plus supply dogs to the disabled. Their charges are approximately $2783 which includes the two week training.
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