National awareness needs to take place on this, K9 Coach Plus is working on a very special project. Service Dogs for our Vets who so proudly serve our county each and every day. Everyday people with disabilities face hardship and discrimination, they are denied entry into businesses with their service dogs. Please help spread the word, they need our help. A service or assistance dog allows them to get around in everyday life. Our vets do not even get help or funding from the VA for service dogs, it happens because of people like you and I, and other small groups around the country.
A "service dog" is legally defined as any guide dog, hearing dog or other dog individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. Both physical and mental health disabilities are included. There are currently 5 categories of service dogs: This needs to change and be expanded to include other areas.
Guide Dogs are also known as Seeing Eye Dogs are trained to guide a blind or partially blind person around obstacles to get where they need to go.
Hearing Dogs also known as Signal Dogs alert to sounds that a deaf or hearing impaired individual cannot hear.
Psychiatric Service Dogs (PSDs) are dogs who are trained to help people with mental health disabilities such as PTSD, Major Depression, Panic/Anxiety, agoraphobia, schizophrenia etc.
Mobility Dogs are dogs who perform tasks for those with limited mobility. These tasks include, but are not limited to pulling wheelchairs, opening or closing doors, turning on or off lights, retrieving dropped objects and providing balance and support for ambulation.
Medical Alert Dogs are dogs who alert to medical conditions such as diabetes, seizures, asthma or cardiac conditions.
The total cost of temperament testing, veterinary care, food, training and other expenses associated with service dog training and placement is estimated to be about $20,000 to $50,000.