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
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.
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
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
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
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.