Heritage Reserve Trained Companions For Service
Heritage Reserve Companion Training is a program that we put our most balanced and capable puppies through to prepare them to be incredible companion service dogs. These puppies have been hand selected due to their abilities identified at an early age. They have been exceptional learners and have exceeded our training expectations. These puppies are available as service training candidates. Be sure to read through this page for more information, timing, and pricing.
We are excited to introduce you to our trained companion program. These puppies have been identified as potential candidates to service for people as well as incredible companions. They will start our program to learn how to be helpful in areas of service to others as well as become incredible pets. We have outlined below the types of training they will be prepared for doing at the completion of their six month program, if requested. To complete their training through one year of age, working through and with our certified service trainer from your home, is also available. Dogs that pass our program will be certified service trained for the specific area you request. If you would like to make an appointment to meet these amazing puppies and possibly add one to your life and family, you can contact us anytime for more information. These puppies are also available as pets through our "Heritage Crown Reserve" program. If interested in learning more, we are happy to answer any questions you may have.
AREAS OF FOCUS FOR SERVICE TRAINING (After foundational training is completed):
Psychiatric Assistance Dogs
These dogs can assist and alert people with many psychiatric and emotional disorders, including anxiety, PTSD, TBI, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and so forth. This type of Assistance Dog can provide, calming effects (Deep Pressure Therapy), physical exercise to make a positive difference to someone with PTSD or other psychiatric disorders, and even a sense of security in home and in public.
Training may include signaling to interrupt repetitive or injurious behavior, reorienting during flashbacks, guiding away from stressful situations, or providing environmental assessment (to ease paranoia). They can help a you remain calm in public places by preventing people from crowding around or rushing up behind, which will provide a comfortable space to alleviate stress. Although Assistance Dogs can take up extra space around you to ease your comfort, it is important to know a dog will still attract the public, so you will learn how to politely turn away unwanted guests, but also connect with the public again in an easier manner; assistance dogs gather much of the attention from the public and can be a great bridge to help reconnect without feeling self-conscious.
PTSD Assistance Dogs help those living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Examples of what Psychiatric assistance dogs can do:
* Provide companionship and pressure therapy.
* Interrupt panic attacks/nervous behaviors, such as repetitive behavior or reminding the handler to take medication.
* Assist handler to cope with emotional overload.
* Instill a sense of security and emotional uplifting in public and at home.
* Seek help in emergencies (such as notifying spouse or family member).
* Retrieving objects.
* Guiding handler from stressful situations.
* Prevent people from crowding around or rushing up behind in public places providing a comfortable space.
* Perform environmental assessment (to ease paranoia).
Seizure response dogs:
Not to be confused with seizure alert dogs, seizure response dogs are trained to provide help to a person experiencing an epileptic seizure, not to predict the seizure. These dogs can be trained to bark for help or to press an alarm system during a person’s seizure. They can also get a person out of an unsafe place during a seizure and help the handler to come around when the seizure ends. These dogs may also bring medicine or a phone to a person who is coming out of a seizure.
This training needs to include special consideration such as, how far you live from our location and how much you need the dog to perform for you and your specific circumstances. We can train your dog to turn on the lights/buttons, open doors, retrieve dropped items, and GO GET HELP, to name a few examples. Much of this training is done in the home of the person needing this service by and with the trainer and the recipient. Dogs going through this training will start home training at an earlier age.
We are open to catering to your unique needs. For example, if you would like some of the retrieving or door opening, along with deep pressure, assisting emotionally in public, etc.
LAWS AND DEFINING OF A "SERVICE DOG":
A service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. (Defined by Title II and Title III of the ADA)
It is crucial to understand the difference between Assistance/Service Dogs, Therapy Dogs, and Emotional Support Animals (ESA). The legalities of public access and overall services provided differ between these three categories and are not equivalent in the eyes of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); therefore, their terms should not be used interchangeably. According to Federal Law, a Service Animal is not a pet. ADA states that an Assistance Dog has been individually trained to provide assistance or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a physical or mental disability which substantially limits one or more of the individual's major life functions. In general, Therapy Dogs have access by permission rather than by rights. Emotional Support Animals are protected under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA). They do not have any public access rights.
On a final note, these trained dogs can also help naturally by adjusting neurotransmitters in the brain to a more "upbeat" state (such as serotonin, oxytocin, dopamine, etc.), help lower blood pressure, and overall stress. This is not to be confused with an Emotional Support Animal that does not require any training, nor gain public access. If you are more interested in an Emotional Support Animal, check out our Pet Dog Training where you can get positive training and behavior modification.
EXAMPLES OF MASTERED COMMANDS:
Sit, Down, Touch, Stay, Come, Lap, Visit, Here, Off, Up, Nudge*, Get it/Bring it Here/Give*, Drop it, Lay On*, Shake, ROLL, Jump On, Tug*, Go Get Help* (or person's name, "Go get Jim", What?, Stand, Heel*, Let's Go, Wait, Place, Kennel, Car, etc.
*Commands can always be tailored to your specific needs.
Puppies in our service program with at least six months of training start at $19,500. Certified trained service dogs in your selected area of expertise are available. (For an additional fee, six months of in home training after the six months of training learned at our facility and the home of the trainer are available.).