Probably the most familiar kind of service dog is the guide dog that is trained to help people who are blind and visually impaired. These dogs serve as the eyes for their owner, navigating them through traffic, stairs and sidewalks, while avoiding all obstacles that could cause injury.
Visual Companion dogs are the anchor for blind and visually impaired children. They provide stability, security and important mobility cues for their young friends. In addition, they are a huge asset to a child socially, bringing curious children into contact with the vision-impaired child and opening up dialogs.
Most importantly, the Visual Companion Dogs are the child’s best friend and confidence builder. A child feels an increased sense of security when walking along side their furry friend and gains confidence in their exploration and mobility while allowing for an increased sense of independence.
A service dog acts as the arms and legs for someone who is physically disabled. These specially trained dogs can help pull a person’s wheel chair, assist in transferring in and out of a wheel chair and act as a brace for someone with poor balance.
Mobility Service dogs can carry items in a backpack, pick up objects, retrieve items, open and close doors, help a person get dressed or undressed, turn on and off lights, and so much more.
Autism is a very complex condition and an Autism Service Dog can help a person with Autism in so many ways. Some Autism Service Dogs help disrupt behavior by making contact with their human partner by touch or by laying on their lap.
These dogs can prevent or eliminate wandering, help obtain better sleep patterns, increase communication skills and help give people with autism a sense of security and stability to function in public settings.
Our PTS Service Dogs support individuals with anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues, and we are careful to ensure that each of our students is teamed with a dog that best suits that person’s capability, lifestyle, mobility, personality, and psychological needs. We match each applicant with the dog that will be their partner, and the power of this partnership transforms both their lives. It is this bond within a working service dog team that makes all of the magic happen.
Due to the high volume of applicants on our waiting list for guide dogs, we are not currently accepting new applications for a guide dog at this time. However, please feel free to contact us if you need a referral to another school.
Due to an overwhelming demand for our Autism Service Dogs and our extremely long waiting list, we are not accepting new Autism Service Dog applications at this time. If you are local to our training facility, we recommend you look into our Owner Training Academy, where we currently do not have a waiting list. For a list of other schools that may meet your needs, please visit the Assistance Dogs International website.
We currently have a 3 – 5 year waiting list for our service dogs. We encourage applicants to research alternative training programs in addition to Custom Canines. Home interviews will be done as dogs become available for potential placements.