There are a number of ways a PSTD Service Dog can help such as deep pressure therapy, acting as a deterrent for self harm, calming panic attacks and meltdowns, confidence building, so on and so forth. However PTSD can drastically range and affects every individual are different. With that being said our program is aided towards tailored training, we want to make sure to put together a tailored training program to fit our clients specific needs and lifestyle. A lot of the times we get potential clients asking us in what ways the service dog would be of help to their situation, to answer that question we'd need to look at their specific needs and determine what an PTSD Service Dog can do for them. We have a detailed 14 page application to help us determine what specific training the dogs will need. We'll also ask for videos and additional information so we can be as accurate as possible in getting them the right dog and training.
The very first step for our dogs is going through our puppy raising program, we test them bi weekly to see which program they'd best fit into. All of our dogs are hand picked by our trains and temperament tested for each program. Once our dogs have completed our puppy raising program, we start them off in obedience. Here they learn commands such as heel, sit, down, auto sits, come, leave it, bed, load up etc....Our dogs are rasied & trained between our facility and trainers home this helps us gets the dog used to a family/home environment, thus making the transition into your home a lot easier. We try to make all the training as relevant to the what the dogs daily life style will be by beginning training in a home environment. Our dogs spend a great deal of time in obedience training since this is the foundation of the training. Each dog must demonstrate he/she has the proper level of obedience in order to move on to the next step in training by passing our standard obedience test. Our test consist of testing the dog both on and off leash in low/high level distraction setting before passing onto the next step in training.
The second step is public access, we begin by reinforcing all obedience training in a low distraction environment such as a store during a time its not to busy. We gradually work our way up to higher distraction environments such as busy shopping centers, restaurants, office buildings, etc. Once we have good consistent obedience in high distraction environments, we throw in some of our own distractions to test the dogs ability to successfully handle them. We train the dog around your daily routines for example if you use public transportation we'll train the dog on our city's public transportation. While in training we also bring our dog around different transportation such as vehicles, buses, commercial airlines, and elevators. Before moving on to the last step they are tested in public access making sure they are ready for the final step in training. Most of clients have difficulties out in public so this a very important step in out training process. Again our test consist of testing the dog in low/high level distraction setting before passing onto the final step in training.
The last step of training is directed toward our customers specific needs, although this is something that's added into the training throughout in this step its finalized. Each case is unique depending how your affected by PTSD and those specific needs determine the training of each dog. The dogs can be trained in many things such as stopping repetitive behavior, deep pressure therapy, providing added comfort needed when a panic attack arises and helping in any specific task you may need help with. There are a number of things that can be trained during this last step. Most importantly we are bringing everything together our obedience, public access and specialized training are all combined. We'd be more than happy to explain our PTSD program further and discuss what ways the training can be of help to your situation.
The time frame for our PTSD Program from start to finish can vary anywhere from 10-13 months, depending on our current training status. Currently we are the leading company in the U.S with the lowest time frame as we carry no waiting list. We don't intent to carry any waiting list as we like to keep our program more customer oriented and unique for our customers. Our deliveries consist 3 days in home training where a trainer will work with you and yourself & family member working on how to handle your dog properly at home, in public and everywhere in-between. We've had great success with our in home deliveries as our client learn better in their in home environment. Prior to the delivery we mail out our informational DVD that cover anything from the commands, hand commands, and being out in public with your service dog, this helps our clients who learn by repetition.
Cost greatly depends on a number of factors such as specific training required, location, breed of dog etc.... Although we cannot give a direct price quote without having one of our online applications filled our PTSD Service Dog Program starts at $22,000. Please keep in mind that our service dogs are at cost unfortunately nor insurance, medicare, medicate, private insurance or government funding help pay for the Program. We offer 1-2 year interest free payment plans for those who qualify, a majority of our families also choose to fund raise part of or all of the funds.
Thank You Thank you for taking the time to learn how our program works, as it is especially beneficial and required for each applicant. We want you to be well informed of the ins and outs of getting a service dog through Loyalty Service Dogs. We want to build a loyal trust worthy relationship with each and everyone of our families. Please fill out an online application to begin your journey to getting your service dog.