HEARING & SERVICE DOGS
A door knock, a ringing telephone, a smoke alarm, and an alarm clock are sounds a person with a hearing impairment may be missing. Our service training program prepares dogs to respond to and serve people with special needs. Experienced trainers work with individuals and their dogs, and this unique program even offers in-home training for both the dog and owner.
A Service Dog is a dog that has been specially trained to perform tasks for a person with a disability. Mobility Dogs offer a range of simple tasks that can be daunting to a person with a physical challenge, such as rising from a chair, picking up a phone, and retrieving a fallen object. Service Dogs can benefit people with disabilities associated with varied diagnoses, including (but not limited to) spinal cord/head trauma, visual or hearing deficits, arthritis, ataxia/poor balance, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spinal bifida, and psychiatric disabilities.
The Federal Americans with Disabilities Act allows people with disabilities to task train their own dogs. However, you may need the assistance of a dog trainer for task training if you wanted public access rights. Title III, 28CFR Sec 36.104 & 36.302.
(see Service Dog Laws Brochure). State laws can vary from state to state.
Research the International Association of Assistance Dog Partners to find help with specific “tasks” to train an assistance dog (listed by disability) www.iaadp.org.
Remember, public access dogs must have impeccable training. If you are outside the Vero Beach area and are looking for an organization closer to you, consider the Assistance Dogs International website. www.assistancedogsinternational.org.
If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We hope this information is helpful.
SERVICE DOGS FOR VETERANS
Our Service Dogs for Veterans program “task trains” dogs to assist their veterans with hearing and mobility challenges, as well as the effects of Post Traumatic Stress (PTS).
A Service Dog is a dog that has been specially trained to perform tasks for a person with a disability. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Florida law both define a service animal as any dog that is trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a physical or psychological disability.
Service Dogs for Veterans are specially trained to assist the veteran with the specific set of challenges they may face. Service dogs can benefit people with disabilities associated with varied diagnoses, including (but not limited to) spinal cord/head trauma, visual or hearing deficits, arthritis, ataxia/poor balance and psychiatric disabilities.
PTSD Tasks can include waking from a nightmare, creating a “safe zone” in a crowd, turning lights on in a dark room, creating a distraction or finding an exit to leave a stressful situation, calling for help on a special K-9 emergency phone, providing deep pressure for calming effect and reducing hyper-vigilance through task work.
For information on our Service Dog Training program,
VETERANS TRAINING VETERANS
The VTV program is a 6-week seminar on our service dog training program.
Volunteer Veterans attend the seminar to learn and assist in training service dogs for other veterans.
Our program includes instruction in:
Basic dog obedience & behavior
Service & hearing dog tasks
Public access laws
Dog temperament evaluation
Continuing education in service dog training
and foster care
OFF-LEASH DOG PARK
Our off-leash dog park is located at 1230 16th Avenue in Vero Beach, Florida. Applications are available to all dogs that are inoculated, neutered and social. Orientations are scheduled by appointment. Call 772-567-8969 or e-mail us at to schedule an orientation appointment.
Application Cost: $100/Year; Scholarships may be available to those who qualify.
Park Hours: The Off-Leash Dog park is equipped with lighting for after dark usage.
Educational Programs for the Community are offered at the Dog Park by providing a safe, clean environment for dogs and their owners. A dog park also promotes responsible pet ownership. It is a model for governmental organizations to emulate in our city, county, state, and nation. Educational workshops on dog obedience and behavior further the Dogs For Life mission.
Dogs For Life's Dog Park in Vero Beach received the TC Palm's Readers Choice Award for 2013 for responsible pet ownership that benefits not only the dog and owner, but the entire community.
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