What is a Service Dog?
Generally when people hear the words service dog they automatically think of guide dogs for the blind or stabilizing dogs for mobility. There are many other types of dogs that medically assist their handlers. There are service dogs for epilepsy, diabetes, autism, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety disorder just to name a few. All service dogs perform tasks for their handlers.
Why use Service Dogs for psychiatric services?
Dogs naturally have a strong bond to humans which make them willing to serve and alert their human that they choose. A service dog is a big ball of love and does not pose an emotional threat to people suffering from PTSD, anxiety, depression and autism. With the aid of service dogs people are able to immediately feel a reprieve of their symptoms. Many people are able to reduce their medication or totally stop all medication all together. A common thing you will hear from handlers is that their service dog gave them back their life.
Why Alaska Assistance Dogs?
Alaska Assistance Dogs trainers go through a specialized training program at Bergin University to learn how to train service dogs. Our founder is a licensed therapist who
oversees all the programs and creates therapeutic programs with proven results.
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