SAFETY & INDEPENDENCE
Topaz Canine Assistance Dogs are custom trained for the unique needs and lifestyle of our Clients! Topaz Canine does not train Guide Dogs for Individuals who are Blind or with limited vision, or Dogs solely for the purpose of emotional support.
SERVICE DOG TRAINING AND PLACEMENTS: FREE CONSULTATION
Service Dogs are specially trained to assist people with various disabilities; they provide safety and independence to their handlers by assisting with everyday activities. Service Dogs provide trained TASKS to assist their partner, for example: opening the door for an individual in a wheelchair, alerting his/her Deaf partner to the alarm clock, or retrieving medication for the partner during a medical crisis. Dogs in our program must perform at three or more tasks to mitigate the Handlers disability.
Did you know? Service Dogs can come in all shapes and sizes!
Teams must pass our Public Access test before obtaining certification, and be reevaluated annually. At Topaz Canine Services, we hold exceptionally high standards for our Service Dog Teams, which exceed the International Association of Assistance Dog Partners (IAADP) and Assistance Dogs International (ADI) training standards. Our program Dogs have a required minimum of three hundred (300) hours of schooling over a period of at least six months to prepare the Dog to work obediently and unobtrusively in all public places. Teams must pass our Public Access test before obtaining certification, and be re-evaluated annually. To qualify for our Owner Training Service Dog program the following requirements must be met:
- Documented Disability
- Completion of our thorough Disability application
- Recent letter of support from the treating specialist
- Ability to train and work with Dog outside of weekly class meetings or other Training program selected
- Pass initial temperament evaluation screening with our Head Trainer
- Be under 2 years of age at the start of training
- Proof of vaccinations and health clearance from a licensed veterinarian
To learn more about our Service Dog training program, please contact us to schedule an evaluation or demonstration. Please note, if you do not have a suitable dog for the work, we can locate and help you select a dog based on your needs and requirements.