I've had alot of questions from people concerning the program I'm developing for the rescue and surrendered labradoodles and goldendoodles (aussiedoodles haven't come my way yet) that qualify. There are many types of Service Dogs-Most well known are the Guide Dogs for the Blind. These dogs go through the most INTENSIVE training. Then, there are the Hearing Impaired dogs, Medic Alert and Seizure Alert dogs, and then the lesser known type of Service Dogs, the Psychiatric Service Dogs, which encompasses dogs for Autistic Children, Asperger's Syndrome, Depression, Phobias, Anxiety and Panic disorders, Post Traumatic Stress syndrome et.al; that is seen in our heroic Veterans. Most breeds can be used but I prefer working with our Doodles, along with Golden retrievers and Labs. I will work with smaller breeds if requested by an individual who doesn't feel he/she can handle a large breed. I'm a "profit" company but I don't get rich off the dogs. I'm compensated for my time in training but the money paid for the dogs goes back into paying fees, food, vet care, spay /neutering, microchips, treats, toys, crates, vitamins, equipment, etc. I try to keep the costs lower than most other private trainers and even suggest ways for the person to work with me that would cut their expense futher. I work on a small scale basis so the dogs get the individualized attention and home atmosphere to make their transition easy. I have a VERY STRICT criteria as to who can purchase a dog from me as the dog's welfare comes first! I'm hoping to get my website up soon when my hectic schedule slows down enough for me to work on it.If anyone is interested in reading more about these lesser known Service Dogs, go to www.psychdog.org
. This website contains lots of info including how to train your own dog or with the assistance of a private trainer. Be sure to read "What does this symbol mean?" found toward the bottom left of the home page. Its very rare to see this symbol as a patch because of the stigma that some people attach to it. Hopefully this answers some questions and enlightens the subject of what our Doodles can do for people who need a companion. Those of you who have Therapy Dogs that work in different areas already understand what a dog can do for a person or child's mental well being. I love to see the smiles and changes in attitudes when Deuce shows up at the nursing home or when we visit businesses around the area.