Started Service Dog

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    Started dogs cost a total of $12,500. The down payment for a started dog would be $3,000 and rest of the payment plan can be stretched out over a course of 10, 12 or 14 months. The started dogs can be placed while still making payments.

  The started dogs work on: potty training and/or puppy pad training, obedience training, socialization and beginning task training -- placed at 6 months. However, if you didn't want us to begin task training, we would exclude that portion.

 For the started dogs, service work training sessions/boarding would be discounted (if ever needed in the future).


Below are tasks that are more specific to the type of assistance needed.

The task list for each service isn’t limited to only these things. There are some tasks that can be taught because they are specific to the handler (for example: some people start to scratch before going into severe anaphylaxis; if a dog is being placed with someone who has allergic reactions, we can teach the dog to recognize that as a signal and to automatically respond by retrieving an epi-pen or IV Benadryl).



 Mobility Assistance
- Retrieving dropped items
- Turning the light switch on/off and closing the door if the handler can’t move from bed
- Bracing (handler puts weight on the dog for stability when standing but only possible if the dog meets certain height/weight requirements and has vet-cleared joints)
- Counterbalance
- Wheelchair pulling
- Pushing wheelchair buttons on the wall when handler can’t reach from chair
- Pulls clothes off handler to help un-dress
- Finding help on command (specific caretaker or even someone in a public area)
- Retrieving medication bag on command
- Retrieving water from the fridge on command




 Psychiatric Assistance


— PTSD for both veterans & non-combat, Autism, Bipolar Disorder, OCD, Panic Disorders, etc.
- Interrupting anxious behaviors (leg shaking, lip biting, skin picking, hair pulling, etc.) to re-direct the handler from whatever they’re thinking about
- Finding an exit during a dissociative episode if out in public
- Deep pressure therapy (releases serotonin and dopamine which are happy hormones in the brain when people with autism or anxiety release cortisol, the stress hormone)  
- Recognizing the sound of hyperventilating/crying even from another room
- Waking handler during a night terror
- “Grounding” when the handler is having a PTSD flashback (licking, nudging or even bringing a toy) to re-direct and bring the handler back to reality


 Medical Alert & Response


- Responding to someone who passed out by going to find help
- Responding to someone who had a seizure by automatically lifting their head up or positioning their body in a certain (safer) way
- Alerting to stoves/microwaves/smoke detector/other alarms for the hearing-impaired
- Alerting to phone alarms for someone who takes medication daily and responding by going to automatically retrieve the medication
  

**A Task commonly used with most conditions Deep Pressure Therapy. **

Deep Pressure Therapy   may seem obvious because applying pressure in painful areas is often a “go-to” for most people but this is a bit different because you have access to DPT anywhere - at any time (when you have a service dog). This is more convenient than pulling out a weighted blanket or asking a friend to squeeze you. A stress hormone (cortisol) is released when your body is stressed (pain = stress) but DPT helps seratonin and dopamine get released (happy hormones)


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