Beyond the Dog trains two different roles in the support animal category: emotional support animals and service dogs. Our trainers educate clients on these vital support animal roles and offer training options. Support animals play important roles in the lives of humans across the nation. Therefore, Beyond the Dog wants to offer owners support animal behavior training.
Firstly, service dogs are used by people who need help with daily tasks they cannot complete on their own. This may include a blind individual crossing the road or assisting someone out of a chair. On the other hand, emotional support animals are used to reduce the symptoms of an individual’s emotional disability. Plus, emotional support animals could be almost any kind of animal, although cats and dogs are the most common.
Secondly, service dogs are protected underneath the Americans for Disabilities Act (ADA). This act provides them with the ability to go anywhere their owner can go. Service dogs are allowed into restaurants, hotels, planes, and more. The areas in which an emotional support animal can go are more restrictive. The reason being emotional support animals are not seen as a necessity like service dogs. Instead, emotional support animals are more of a companion for owners.
Finally, both roles vary when it comes to training. Often times, emotional support animals are pets. They are not required to have any kind of formal training. In contrast, service dogs require formal training. Service dogs are trained for approximately six months before they are handed off to an individual.
Emotional support animals and service dogs play crucial roles in human lives. Regardless of their differences, Beyond the Dog offers support animal training. We do not train to recognize biological warnings such as seizures or glucose monitoring. More specifically, our trainers provide training for specific behaviors. Service dog owners can always benefit from additional training techniques, and emotional support animals can become more obedient to serve their role to the fullest.
Beyond the Dog trainers will work with the animal to make them more sociable, greet people politely, and enjoy new environments appropriately. We recommend clients start their dog off with more advanced obedience behaviors in order to establish a solid groundwork for future training. The all-inclusive dog training program is a great option because it provides training in and outside of the home, conforms to the needs of clients, and produces a highly obedient animal. Service behaviors may also be added to the program, such as walking alongside a wheelchair.
The all-inclusive program can also assist clients in completing the AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluation. The American Kennel Club developed Canine Good Citizen in 1989. Since then, more than a million dogs and owners have participated. The certification requires dogs and their owners to master ten basic commands. Beyond the Dog, trainers can help owners prepare for this certification. The Canine Good Citizen evaluation offers confidence in dogs and their owners. Moreover, this certification is a step toward even more advanced certifications owners can pursue. Contact us today to learn more!