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With Dottie, I have My Life Back
Service dogs can increase independence by reducing
on other people
Is there an age restriction?
Some programs take children and adults and other
limit how young the recipient can be.
How long is the wait to get a dog?
How long is the training camp for
you with your dog?
What are the costs to you for the
Some programs pay for training camp costs such as
room and board and, others, leave these expenses up
to the recipient.
Is there support after the
Many organizations will allow you to
apply online; however, if the website does not answer
all your questions, there is usually a number to call.
The website referenced below lists many
of the service dog groups:
Check out this inspirational video about
What’s a Training Camp?
Training camps are a time when the
recipient learns to work with their dog. The dog is
trained - now you need to be. Service dogs know many
commands before being paired with the physically limited
person. Camp teaches you how to train your dog to
perform tasks specific to your needs.
After leaving camp it did not take me
long to realize one of my specific needs. My dog left
her toys all over the floor and, being in a wheelchair,
this made it very difficult for me to get around. Using
the command “clean up”, I taught Dottie to pick up her
toys and put them in her toy basket. Her little trick
really impresses young visitors AND their parents.