Service Dog Training Jacksonville NC
Jacksonville NC Service Dog Training
To know if a service dog would benefit you, knowing exactly what a service dog is can help you decide.
So what exactly is a service dog? A service dog, as defined by the ADA, is “a
dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person
with disabilities”. In other words, they carry out tasks that make day to day
life with disabilities easier.
Are service dogs and emotional support animals the same?
No. Emotional support animals are not required to be trained like service
dogs, which means they also aren’t granted *public access rights* like
service dogs are.
*(Allowed in non pet friendly places such as grocery stores, restaurants
The main difference between ESAs and service dogs is the training, being
trained for tasks for the specific person they work for, and the obedience
training they require. Providing comfort with their presence does help a
lot of people, but it isn’t considered a task. A task is something the dog is
taught that is directly related to the person’s disability and aids in some way. If you want to read about the different types of Working Dogs, check out our blog!
Interruptions (anxiety attacks, strong emotions, flashbacks, repetitive behaviors)
Provide deep pressure therapy for pain or for medical episodes
Block (use their body to help make space around you) helpful for flare ups or PTSD
Crowd control (another way or creating space around you)
Retrieve dropped items
Waking you up during nightmares
Alerting to your alarm
These are just a few of the many ways a service dog can assist a person, each task is based on the person’s specific needs.
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Besides obedience training and task training service dogs also have to have the right temperament for the job. An evaluation can help decide if your dog is a good fit.
Some of the qualities that make a good service dog are willingness to
please, being properly socialized, sound and stable in new environments,
neutral to people/dogs, and being able to settle and relax in public.
Helping Veterans and people with disabilities live a better a life.
In our program at Ridgeside K9 Carolinas your dog will go through obedience training so they uphold the standards set for service dogs, and learn to be in public without disrupting it. They then will learn tasks specific to you and your needs, and that help you function throughout everyday activities such as going to the grocery store.
You will also be informed of your rights as a service dog
handler, what to do and what not to do, and the laws around service dogs.