Types of Service Dogs and What They Do

Service Dogs by SDWR is committed to changing the lives of those living with invisible disabilities such as Autism, Diabetes, PTSD, and Seizure Disorders. SDWR’s unique service dog program is unmatched. Our training and service dog placement guidelines are highly structured for each service dog and his or her family. To further ensure success for between both parties, the Service Dogs By SDWR’ program promotes a high level of involvement between your family, the service dog, the trainer, and the organization. The following is a quick overview of some of services our dogs help with.

Diabetic Alert Service Dogs

These service dogs are also known as diabetic alert dogs (DADs). These dogs alert their diabetic handlers on chemical changes in their blood sugar. While these changes are initially imperceptible to the handler, the dog’s keen sense of smell picks up the scent of hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia and alerts their handlers before the levels become a serious problem. The handler then tests their blood and inject themselves with insulin or take glucose depending on the nature of the problem.

Service dog trainers take the time to train a diabetic alert service dog not only on how to pick up the scent but also on how to alert other people or trigger alarms in case their handler needs medical attention.

Seizure Response Service Dogs

These dogs can’t predict an oncoming seizure, but they can assist someone going through an episode of epilepsy. Seizure Service dog trainers teach these dogs to bark for help or press the alarm if their human handler has a seizure. If the seizure occurs at an unsafe place, these service dogs pull the patient to a safer place before calling for help. Further, the dogs have the ability to help their handler return to normal after the seizure and some are trained to bring them a phone or medicine.

PTSD Service Dogs

People suffering from PTSD can be anxious about their personal safety, and they may be lethargic about their personal care. A PTSD support dog can assist them by entering the house before their handler. They can then check the house for intruders and switch on the lights. The handler then gets into the house having been assured that it is safe.

Some people who suffer from PTSD don’t like contact with other people in public places; service dog trainers instruct these dogs on how to ensure that there is space between their handlers and other people. Having the dog as a companion and having to groom it encourages the handler to take care of themselves also. It also gives them a sense of purpose.

Autism Support Dogs

Our Autism Service Dogs provide support for families who are coping with the challenges of having an Autistic child. These specially trained dogs make things predictable for children suffering from autism spectrum disorder as they lead them in their movements to different places such as school and social areas. Owing to the deficiency in these children’s ability to connect, dogs help them break the ice with their schoolmates and teachers especially in integrated schools. The dogs help these children not to get lost, but in case it happens, they help track them down.

Training Service Dogs

SDWR strives to place dogs in volunteer home environments to be raised for 9-18 months. SDWR’s unique training program is what sets us apart from other nonprofit service dog organizations. Upon placement, SDWR trainers will return for training sessions with the service dog and family every 3-4 months over the course of the next 18 months. During this time SDWR trainers will continue working on the service dog’s customized training, follow up training, and training the human to make a successful team and public access certification. This process provides each SDWR dog with a nurturing environment that helps lay the groundwork for an exceptional service dog.

At this time, we do not train “non-SDWR” dogs (such as pets) to become service dogs, nor do we conduct private training classes at SDWR. For more information visit our Contact Us Page or call us at 540-543-2307.

Service Dogs by SDWR

Service Dogs By SDWR is committed to changing the lives of those with invisible disabilities such as Autism, Diabetes, PTSD, and Seizure Disorders. “Until there’s a cure… There’s a dog!”

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