Click here for top favorite DVD videos for becoming an owner-trained service team!
Service animals are a huge help to their humans, and add tremendously to the quality of life for
the disabled. While persons with physical disabilities have many organizations and sources of funding to help them, the waiting
list is often over 2-7 years, and even longer waits/harder to find sources for those persons with the 'invisible disability'
of PTSD, agoraphobia, panic disorder, autism, and so on.
Programs for owner-trained service animals and their handlers (owners) are becoming more and more in demand, given that agency
trained animals cost upwards of $20-30K each, and will need to be replaced at least each decade of the handler's life. Unfortunately,
since there is no standard of quality and no legal certification for service animals, anybody can claim to offer this service,
charge fees as they please, and offer phony certifications. Given the preciosity of the situation, it is more than a 'buyer
beware' situation for the disabled. My websites are an effort to keep the line clear for the disabled to learn to determine
the truly able trainers who can offer what I call a "bomb proof" service dog, and not just a mere obedience course that shows
off skills under controlled circumstances.
Also, just because a 'trainer' has charged a fee and did some time with the animal does not mean the animal is service-worthy.
Using a service or program that is owner-focused, often with one's own pet, specially reared dogs, and even dogs from shelters,
offers a more cost effective, speedy and rewarding solution for many. The caveat here is that the owner must have the ability
to make sure the service animal is truly properly trained, and for that, professional guidance is worthy of note.The TOPDOG
series of videos for service animals is superb, and they go with the books/training manuals. They are available online at
both my websites on the bookstore links there.
I get so many questions and requests for information, I've created 2 websites with programs to help answer these needs.
The US Department of Justice has access guidelines for public places to follow, and some federal buildings/places have their
own specific guidelines that differ from the commercial ones. I address these issues and more on my websites.
Click this text to jump to our Best Friends Canines/Best Friends Poodles website. Puppies, info, and more!
This is a link to purchase a dvd to train your dog in 5 days.
Basic commands, well worth the 5 minutes or so a day - the dogs learn really fast with this method, "Perfect paws in
Call or email for further information: 719-258-8041
Or, call Colorado Service Dogs - that's where we got our training: 303-622-9382
We also recommend Colorado Service Dogs for the Denver area.
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