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    What types of Service Dogs do we provide?
    We provide started and fully-trained Service Dogs that assist with light/heavy mobility, hearing, medical response and psychiatric response/interruption. We do not provide seizure alert or guide dogs; However, we can train seizure response dogs to do things specific to the handler, to find help and other mobility tasks such as retrieving medication. If you need some assistance finding a seizure alert or guide dog, we will be glad to refer you to other well known organizations.
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    What type of training do we offer?
    We offer different types of training: pets at home, tricks, puppy socialization, assisting owner-trainers, started and fully-trained Service Dogs. We believe in providing the best possible handler and dog "team dynamic." Not all dogs will respond to the same type of training, therefore we cater to each individual dog and find which of the million methods he/she responds to best. There are always different ways to approach teaching, reward and correct -- depending on the dog. Communication is key when training a dog, which means it's essential to find the appropriate way to communicate with *your* dog.
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    What types of breeds do we use for service work?
    We offer various breeds that fit individual needs. Most of our dogs are Golden Retrievers but we do offer other breeds (including hypoallergenic) if needed.
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    What are the requirements when applying for a Service Dog through Expanding Intelligence Dog Training, LLC?
    As per ADA, Service Dogs are defined as "any dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability." You will need to provide the following: Doctor's letter stating the need for a service animal and the services it will provide to mitigate the disability, proof of availability to provide for the dog financially, passing the Service Dog and Handler team class specific for Expanding Intelligence, letters of reference, In-home and family interviews.
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    Who will take care of veterinary care after being placed?
    Service dogs and their handlers work as a team. It is important that the individual takes the time to connect with the dog and learn from the trainers. Once the team is able to venture out in the real world they will be the ones solely responsible for veterinary care, grooming, food as well as keeping up with training techniques that are taught.
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    How long is the wait time for a Service Dog?
    A fully-trained Service Dog can take anywhere from 18-24 months depending on the extent of training needed. We have dogs that are not yet spoken for and could be placed sooner so please feel free to inquire through email about specific details.
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    Are the Service Dogs provided free of charge?
    Our love of helping people and animals have brought us to where we are today, doing what we love. Our goal is to provide these amazing dogs free of charge in the near future; Unfortunately, we are not doing so at this time. However, we do offer fundraisers to help cover the cost of the dog. We believe in having both parties collaborate when fundraising (the organization and handler) -- even if it's for partial cost of the dog.
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    Is there any type of registration or certification that is required for the dog to be a Service Dog?
    There is no type of registration needed as per the ADA; This does not mean that any dog can become a service dog. These are animals that are highly trained around all types of distracting environments to perform specific tasks that help mitigate a disability. Untrained animals can cause harm to real Service Dogs who are doing a job or distract them which results in harming the handler if the dog misses an alert or is unable to assist their handler. Upon receiving a dog from us, we also give the handler a certificate of completion that states information about where the dog was trained -- as well as an Expanding Intelligence Service Dog Vest.
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