How do Autism Assistance Dogs help?
Autism assistance dogs can help in various ways such as preventing bolting and stopping repetitive behaviors. It has been proven these dogs can break through any barriers children may have such as communication barriers, insecurity barriers, or interaction barriers. Most importantly these dogs bring peace of mind, independence, confidence, and enhanced security not only to the child but to his/ her family.
How do diabetic alert dogs help?
Diabetic alert dogs are able to alert their owners in advance of a low (hypoglycemia) or high (hyperglycemia) blood sugar event before it becomes dangerous. This allows their owners to have time to take the necessary steps to return their blood sugar to normal. The dogs are specifically trained to the owner's scent. They help in lowering your A1C and provide enhanced security.
How do seizure service dogs help?
Seizure service dogs are able to detect the chemical reaction that happens in the body prior to and during a seizure. We train the dogs to alert before the seizure happens; however, if the dog does not pick up the scent in time, it provides deep pressure therapy during the seizure. Seizure service dogs are also taught to go and get help while the seizure is ongoing.
How do I know it's going to work?
No dog can be guaranteed to perform any service 100% of the time, and dogs do not take the place of any medical procedure. They are HIGHLY trained to alert, pick up your unique scents, and be there as a helping hand when you are in need. All of our dogs are considered career dogs when they go home, meaning they have been trained to do specific tasks for a specific person. It becomes a way of life for the dog. All dogs that successfully go through our program have gone through numerous hours of training and reinforcing to pass our service dog certification.
How long is the application process?
Because we have a two-part application (prescreening and the admittance packet), we are able to reduce our turnaround time. You can be looking at 1–10 business days for both of the applications, depending on when you're ready to get started. Within that time, you'll be contacted by one of our representatives, who will then get you started with our admittance packet.
Can you train our own dog or puppy?
Currently, we handpick and puppy raise all dogs for the program.
What types of dogs does Loyalty Service Dogs use?
We are open to using different breeds as long as they meet our requirements: be at least 40 pounds not to be protection type breeds, and most importantly be perfect for the job.
Can we have other pets in our home?
Yes. However, a service dog is not a pet and must be treated differently from how pets are treated. Even a trained service dog can learn a new habit from your pet, such as barking at passersby or getting up on your couch. We inform our clients that having other pets, especially dogs, will require extra reinforcing on their part.
How do you make sure the dog gets used to me?
We know how easy it is for a dog to get used to new people, and because of that we make sure each dog goes through various trainers while in the program. This will reassure us that the dog is not attached to any single person while in training and will also help the dog take commands from various people. The first 30 days are the most crucial for bonding between the dog and its new owner.
How old are the dogs when they’re delivered?
When delivered, a client’s dog will be 1.5 to 2 years old.
Can the service dog go anywhere with the applicant?
Yes. When delivered, the dog will be a certified service dog, meaning it has gone through all necessary training. All dogs when delivered will have their own service dog ID. Service dogs are protected by federal law and are allowed to accompany the applicant anywhere he/she may go. Please visit www.ada.gov/service for more information regarding service dogs' rights.
Does the service dog attend school with my child?
Yes. Our dogs are trained around the client's lifestyle as much as possible. We introduce the dog to our client's everyday routine by bringing it around places the client often goes, such as schools, stores, and restaurants. We do a 2- to 3-day in-home delivery, where we will introduce the dog to the child's school, which should help get the dog used to its new environment.
What kind of training methods does Loyalty Service Dogs use?
Our trainers use positive reinforcement training methods that are specific to our training guidelines. We focus on rewarding good behavior while teaching our dogs that bad behavior is not acceptable. Our finished service dogs go through extensive training, which includes obedience, socialization, scent work, alerting, public access training, tracking, trailing, deep pressure therapy, and more. Each one of our dogs goes through different types of training depending on the kind of service the dog will provide.
Does Loyalty Service Dogs use generic scent samples for the training?
No. This is part of what makes our training unique and tailored to our clients. We train each dog specifically with the scent samples of the applicant, which are collected by the applicant and mailed to Loyalty Service Dogs. Because we use our applicant's specific scent, our dogs will be able to alert the second they are delivered.
Do you offer payment plans?
We offer different payment methods depending on each client's situation.
Where do you place dogs?
Loyalty Service Dogs proudly places dogs all over the U.S.
Does Loyalty Service Dog have delivery services available?
Yes, we have “door delivery” where one of our certified dog trainers delivers your dog right to your doorstep. They do an in-home delivery for 3 days where they will spend all day with you and the applicant, educating the handler on all there is to know about your service dog.
Is Loyalty Service Dog available to answer questions after the placement is complete?
Yes, we offer our clients support for any questions or concerns they may have after the delivery of the dog. We are happy to answer any questions.
Does L.S.D provide additional training after placement?
Yes. We provide a refresher course (offered yearly) during the working life of all dogs who have gone through our program. For more information, please call or email us