FAQ | Service Paws Of Central PA
Frequently asked questions
Is it alright to get the attention of a service dog?
No, they are trained not to be distracted by people, animals, sounds, or most anything really and it could cause harm to the recipient. They could be punished for being distracted. For an individual with an invisible disability, it could be life threatening if you distract their dog. They could have a potential seizure, diabetic attack, etc. about to happen and if the dog is distracted it could miss alerting the recipient to an oncoming seizure, etc. An alert from their dog could be enough time to get to a safe place on the ground, bed, or chair to prevent falling or lessening the chance of injury.
How old do they start training service dogs
They usually start socializing them by holding, massaging at 2 weeks and by 6 weeks they are put into warm water to learn to swim and get used to baths. They also start with the very basic “sit”, “come”, playing with toys, etc. Then each week more commands, playtime, and socializing are added.
What is a task?
A task is something a dog will do 90% of the time when commanded.
How many tasks is a dog trained to perform?
The number of tasks depends on the needs required by the disability.
Do all service dogs have to wear a vest?
Do guide dogs have the same rights as other certified service dogs?
Seeing Eye broke the ground for rights and all other guide dog programs strived for years and then service dogs piggy backed off of them
When do you retire a service dog?
A dog is retired when it is unable to perform the tasks required, or at about age 10, so that it has time to be just a pet.
How loing does a service dog work?
On average, a service dog works about eight to ten years.
What happens to retired service dogs?
If you are not able to keep it or find a friend to take it, the schools maintain lists of people who want retired service dogs.
How long does it take to train a service dog?
Training time varies and depends on how many tasks the dog will need to perform and how much individual training is required. It could be anywhere from one month up to two years.
How much does a dog cost?
Costs range up to $50,000. Most organizations generally range between $9,000 and $20,000, which you would be required to raise. Guide dogs are free, which was started with the generosity of Dorothy Eustris, millionaire, with the creation of Seeing Eye.
What breeds do schools use for service dogs?
Schools use any medium to large breed, with the temperament to do the work
What is the most popular breed for service dogs?
Labs and retrievers.
Why do the schools prefer to breed their own dogs?
Schools breed their own dogs to get the characteristics they need for service dogs and to eliminate heredity defects.
What is the best breed to use for a person with dog allergies?
The poodle cross-breeds, and now the Bouvier and Barbett.
What is a proprietor permitted to ask of someone who walks into his/her business?
“Is that a service dog required because of a disability?” “What tasks has that dog been trained to perform for you?”
Can a proprietor ask you to leave if your dog is out of control?
Yes, even if your dog is a certified service dog.
Does a doctor’s note certify your dog as a service dog?
No. A doctor is not legally qualified to certify a service dog.
Does an emotional support dog have the same legal rights as a service dog?
What does SPCP do?
We help individuals locate accredited service dog schools, finance the purchase of accredited service dogs and, help service dog owners with extraordinary veterinary expenses
How can I get a service dog?
Apply to an accredited school which trains them.
How do I know the school is accredited?
Assistance Dogs International (ADI) maintains a list of accredited schools.
When was the first service dog used in the United States?
On June 11, 1928, Buddy, a German Shepherd was introduced by The Seeing Eye in New York City.
What are the different kinds of service dogs?
There are four categories of service dogs: guide dogs, hearing dogs, balance dogs and medical alert dogs.
What kinds of medical alert dogs are there?
Dogs that will detect: seizures, allergens, diabetes, PTSD and this list is growing.
Are service dogs trained to protect you?
No, they are chosen not to be aggressive, however, the dog may protect out of loyalty if the situation arises.
Should a service dog be carried or be given a ride in a stroller?
No, a service dog should have “four on the floor” when working or, maybe have paws on the user in some cases of medical alert dogs.
How old do you have to be to get a service dog?
Do males or females work better as service dogs?
With the current breeding practices, it doesn’t make much difference.
Do service dogs get a chance to relax?
Anytime a service dog is off their harness, they are generally allowed to play and relax. Some dogs may be off harness and relaxing at night while a recipient is sleeping, but they are still technically on duty. In most cases they should still respond to a seizure or diabetic attack, etc. even if off duty. Recipients should always make time for relaxing or play, each day for their service dog.
How do you correct a service dog?
The type of correction depends upon the severity of the offense. The school determines what words, actions, etc., are to be used for correcting the dog. In most instances you would use a command such as “leave it’ or “no” firmly.
How do you reward a service dog?
With an emphatic “good girl/boy”. Sometimes treats may be added.
Do you give them treats as a reward?
Too many treats can be harmful, but when working on a task, or when the dog has done something especially well, treats are warranted.
Where should we drop off tabs?
What area do you serve?
How does my donation help?
Where does my donation go?
What do you need the most?
We need our organization to become better known in order to attract
Are service dogs allowed to go everywhere a person can go?
Is it okay to pet a working service dog?
Do you have to be totally blind to use a dog guide?
How old do you have to be to train with a dog guide?
Do dog guide schools train pet dogs for blind people?
How long does it take to train a dog guide?How long does it take to train a dog guide?
How many dog guides are in use in the United States and Canada?
How many places train dog guides?
Do the dog guides ever get to play?
Is it okay for a pet dog to greet a dog guide?
What should drivers do when they see a dog guide in training or a blind person using a dog?
Why do dog guide schools rely on kids to train their dogs
Are service dog puppy raisers paid?
What costs are covered for puppy raising?
Most service dog schools provide equipment, dog transportation, training, support, and basic veterinary care.
Where do dog guide schools get their funding? Do dog guide schools for the blind receive government funding?
All of the dog guide schools’ funding is from private sources, donations from individuals and corporations, or from bequests, matching gifts, etc. Dog guide schools receive no government funding.