Support Animal Training

Support Animal Training

Here at Beyond The Dog, we understand that every client has different needs. That is why we offer guidance on an array of support and service behaviors.

Most people aren’t aware of or do not understand the difference between an emotional support animal and a service animal. For the most part, people assume the two can be interchanged depending on the persons’ needs. However, although they both go above and beyond a regular pet’s duties, they serve two entirely different purposes.

What is the Difference? – Duties and Tasks

Emotional support animals don’t possess the same training as a service dog. This is because service dogs are there to aid their owner in various tasks on a day to day basis. Because of this, they are granted access to locations where dogs are usually not allowed, such as indoor shopping malls. The ADA, Americans for Disabilities Act, gives this access to service dogs via a protection right. Emotional support animals, however, are not allowed the same access as their purpose is not to aid their owner in such tasks.

What about Beyond the Dog?

Whether you need a service dog or an emotional support animal, they would benefit greatly from training. Our training programs will help your animal become more comfortable in various environments and be more sociable and friendly. Beyond The Dog can’t currently offer to train your animal to notice specific biological warnings such as seizures or blackouts.

However, we can offer service behavior training as well as preparation for emotional support animals. Our advanced obedience is a great place to start. The All-Inclusive Program we offer provides advanced obedience both in and out of the home, and we can cater the program to the needs of you and your animal. Some service behaviors we have offered in the past include walking with a wheelchair, retrieving dropped items, and providing comfort in the form of hugs.

What about Beyond the Dog?

Not only do we offer our All-Inclusive Program, but we have also aided clients in preparing for and completing the AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluation. This is a ten skill training program and is an excellent way to show off your dog’s skills and abilities. Becoming a Good Canine Citizen is a great first step for further certification down the line. Regardless of if the evaluation is a goal you have in mind, we cover all necessary skill training within our All-Inclusive Program. Some of the behaviors we target and that the evaluation looks for are coming when called, accepting a friendly stranger, and reacting to other dogs. If you are interested in preparing your dog for the Canine Good Citizen Evaluation or are looking to train your service animal, reach out to Beyond The Dog today!

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