Crystal's Dog Training
There is an alternative, to waiting many years to get a dog, and to getting a dog that may not be trained to your needs. You can get the help of a professional dog trainer. Even if you've trained dogs before, I still STRONGLY suggest you get the help of a professional dog trainer, or a program that helps you train your own dog.
1. No waiting list. If you have your own dog, you can begin to train it immediately.
2. May be cheaper than getting a program trained dog. You won't have to pay for a hotel, meals, or airfare to the facility to receive your dog.
3. Has the same access rights as any dog from a program.
1. The dog must be trained before it can be taken out into public. There is no such thing as the "MAGIC" dog. You have to train the dog.
2. If you're training a puppy, you must wait for it to finish growing before teaching tasks such as wheelchair pulling and bracing (Mobility Service (Assistance) Dogs Only)
A fair word of warning. It isn't easy to train your own Service (Assistance) Dog. If you never have trained a dog before, please look into a program trained dog, or the services of a dog trainer to help you. If, however, you've trained dogs before and know of a good dog trainer to help you, train your own dog and have fun doing it!
Dressing Your Dog
The ADA doesn't require a Service Dog to be dressed in any way, but depending on what you use your dog for, you may need specific equipment on your dog to do his job. Even if you don't need anything on the dog (your dog is a Hearing Dog for example), you should dress your dog so that by just looking at your dog, someone will know he/she is a Service (Assistance) Dog. This cuts down on confrontations and does work.
How Do I Tell If My Dog is a Service Dog?
If you are disabled as defined by the ADA, that is, if you have a condition that substantially limits a life function, and your dog does one thing for you, like picking up dropped items, or helping you walk by supporting you or responding to a medical condition in a manner that you trained, then your dog IS a service dog. If you are unsure if your dog is a service dog, please call me, and I'll give you my expert opinion on the matter.
What is a Service Animal?
Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purpose of this definition. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the handler's disability. Examples of work or tasks performed include, but are not limited to, assisting individuals who are blind or have low vision with navigation and other tasks, alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to the presence of people or sounds, providing non-violent protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, assisting an individual during a seizure, alerting an individual to the presence of allergens, retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone, providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities, and helping persons with psychiatric and neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors. The crime deterrent effects of an animal's presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purpose of this definition."
Service Dog Categories
What Is the Difference Between a Service Dog and Therapy, Emotional Support or Companion Dog?
The dog is clean, well-groomed, does not have an offensive odor and does not urinate or defecate in inappropriate locations.
Service Dog Etiquette
NOTE: Crystal’s Dog Training N Boarding does not provide a dog for you, you will have to find your own dog, but I can and will help you pick out an appropriate dog.