Our primary goal in working with Veterans is helping to cope with PTSD. Through our Dog Training services, we will accomplish these goals by assisting them in finding and training a dog to be their companion as either an Emotional Support Dog or Service Dog.
ADL Service Dogs currently trains for PTSD, Autism, Diabetes, Epilepsy as well as wheelchair and daily living assistance. We train not only dogs, but also their handlers (patients). This program is growing towards the development of purpose.
This program will require intense dedication on the part of the patient. Typically the initial phase of training will be 6 months to a year. During this time, both dog and handler will be trained together for the handler’s particular needs. Length of time depends on the handler’s individual situation and the amount of training necessary to address their needs.
Our vision is to one day have a facility that is to have space in one location for dog and handler training as well as offer permanent residential facilities for veteran dog trainers who have service dogs. These veterans are a key component to our training facility. We believe in the power of peer mentorship. Each handler will have a resident veteran mentor who will, under guidance of our master instructors, help the student learn to handle the dogs. The one on one instruction is good for both student and mentor. The mentor’s service dog also benefits by being utilized as a student teaching tool.
In addition to work done at the facility, it will also be necessary to train outside of the facility in order to acclimate the dogs to as many real world situations as possible.