What's the difference between our Service Dogs and our Medical Alert Pet Dogs?
Our Service Dogs are trained to ADA standards. This means that when our dogs are ready to be placed with someone, they have the ability to work in all sorts of public settings, pass the AKC Urban Canine Good Citizen Test and the equivalent of the ADI Public Access Test. They are comfortable and safe to around people and can cope with changes in the environment. We certify that they have received the training required for service dogs.
Sometimes, as the dogs progress through our training program, we notice certain behaviors that don't fully comply with the ADA standards. Working in public settings is testing for most dogs, and some will be a little too anxious to be placed as Service Dogs with full public access. Those dogs have nonetheless received months of training and have completed our scent-training program.
A Seizure Alert Pet Dog is not allowed public access but can provide valuable assistance in the home and at night. Our Medical Alert Pet Dogs are scent-trained to alert to the onset of a seizure, get help, provide security and comfort, get medication, assist with balance and getting up.
A Diabetes Pet Dog is not allowed public access but will alert to changes in glucose levels, will get help, get medication and press alert buttons in a home environment.
Why consider a Medical Alert Pet Dog?
Although they have received the same amount of training, because they can only work at home, Medical Alert Pet Dogs are placed at a significant discount compared to Service Dogs with Public Access.
Because dogs that can handler Public Access are harder to find, the wait time for our Pet Dogs is often half of what you would have to wait for a Service Dog.
As with our Service Dogs, you will receive all the coaching you will need to develop a lasting partnership with your dog.