Service dogs (sometimes referred to as assistance dogs) are equipped to help people with physical, neurological, or psychological disabilities perform everyday tasks. They help people overcome limitations caused by their disability and increase their independence and quality of life. They can sense that their handler is about to experience a medical problem, alert them of it, and assist or provide comfort when the problem occurs.
These dogs can provide a wide range of assistance to address many types of physical limitations. They can alert people with hearing impairment to ringing phones and doorbells, help people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Military Sexual Trauma, or Traumatic Brain Injury to function successfully in public. Service dogs help them to feel secure and ease tension while in stressful situations. Each service Dog/handler team is individually trained to address the unique needs of the handler.
The AlphA and Omega Service Dog Training Program is designed to exceed training requirements of service dogs as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you are instead interested in Therapy/Facility Dog training, where dogs are trained to visit individuals in different facilities, please contact us or see our Obedience, Therapy/Facility, and Behavioral Dog Training FAQ.