Canine Companions for Independence is a nonprofit organization that specially cares for dogs and trains the K9s to learn more than 50 commands. The volunteers for the organization provide companionship and assistance by giving a specially trained dog to people who have physical, developmental, and emotional disabilities – free of charge.
For nearly 40 years, the organization has provided about 4,200 dogs to people with various disabilities. The $45,000 cost for the training for each dog is funded through charitable donations.
The organization was established in 1975 and is the largest nonprofit provider if trained assistance dogs in the United States. After spending time for eighteen months, trainers like Peggy Peeler feel sad as a connection is already made with the dogs but it has to be done for the greater good.
The Canine Companions for Independence organization had stated some suggestions on their website on how people should act around service dogs. For instance, it is advised that people should not touch or pet service dogs without the permission or consent of the owner or handler. These dogs are working and touching them may be a distraction.
People should not also whistle or make sounds to the dog as these actions are a distraction as well. However, the biggest distraction these dogs have to face is when they are near food.
Service dogs are trained to perform tasks for the benefit of people with disabilities, illnesses, and disorders.
Ordinary cracks on the sidewalk pavement or splotches of paint may not be interesting to look at to most ordinary eyes, but it’s different for young Atlas Anderson. The 3-year old is diagnosed with severe Autism and can bolt into oncoming traffic for unknown reasons. But thanks to Jack, a Labrador-golden retriever mix, the Anderson family immense relief and peace of mind.
The 70-pound mix breed will serve as a life jacket for the autistic boy. The dog cost $30,000 and the family waited about a year before they could acquire the dog because of its immense training. The family acquired the dog from the National Service Dogs program in which they provide families with service dogs for kids who have autism.
The dog acts as a resistance to the young boy so that he will not run off without his parents’ knowledge. The family is so thankful that dog sticks to his job that even waving a hamburger in front of the K9 will still leave him unfazed.
Source: How a service dog changed an autistic boy’s life
KellseyMcguire was supported by the Quad Cities last year and is now able to take her very own service dog, Jasper, home. The girl was only eighteen months old when she was diagnosed with epilepsy and she had since had seizures from time to time. Her new furry four-legged friend is now there to help her when the need arises.
Kellsey’s mom, Brandi, states that dog will not only help them detect when a seizure will happen but will also aid the young girl with her anxiety. With the assistance of the service dog, a huge weight has been lifted off of the soldiers of the Mcguire family.
The girl shows her appreciation by treating her service dog as her little furry angel.
Sarah Mohammadi was contracted with a viral infection when she was born which resulted in loss of hearing and learning difficulties. On Christmas last year, she received a present which she proclaimed as the best gift she ever received – Waffle, a white Cockapoo hearing dog. The dog came from the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People charity in Saunderton.
Before the two met, the girl was having trouble communicating with children in the hearing world, even after learning British Sign Language. She would always go to her parents for security as her frustration got the better of her at home and at school. Now, when someone walks up to her, she can proudly say “This is my dog.”
Waffle has improved Sarah’s life greatly, even improvements in her speech have been highly noticeable.
Source: Hearing dog transforms young girl’s life
10-year old Noelle DeLapp’s has peace of mind whenever her diabetic alert service dog is near her. Dulce, the 11-month old Double Doodle (half Labrador and half Goldendoodle), will lick, nudge, or nibble on his master when he detects highs and lows of blood sugar levels.
The young Manlius resident has been diagnosed with Type-1 Diabetes at the very early age of 18 months. Her blood sugar levels will either drop or soar five to six times per day. Her dog’s role is to alert her and her family that she needs an insulin shot immediately when he detects these irregularities to prevent the girl from going to diabetic shock.
The family’s goal is to let the service dog accompany the girl each day when she is at school.
Source: Diabetic alert dog alerts Manlius girl of dangerous blood sugar swings
Kaelyn Krawczyk, a 7-year old girl, us about to undergo surgery and she is about to put her life in the hands (or paws) in a furry four-legged dog. JJ is a terrier mix that is invited to the operation at Duke University Medical Center on Wednesday because of his super sensitive sense of smell.
The girl is diagnosed with a condition wherein she gets allergic reactions from known, or even unknown substances. If the dog senses even the slightest disorder within the girl’s body during the operation, the pooch will get agitated. The higher the danger signals, the more agitated the dog will become.
Prior to the dog’s help, the girl had four severe allergic reactions. Ever since he came to the girl’s life, there has only been one allergic reaction since last year.
Source: Little service dog has big job when it comes to 7-year-old’s health
Kaelyn Krawczyk is diagnosed with a rare illness called mastocytosis wherein her body will release alarm chemicals in reaction to heat, cold, or unknown triggers. These reactions can be as little as facial flushing to a severe drop in blood pressure. The Krawczyks have been given peace of mind in the form of JJ, a 2-year old white terrier mix from the Eyes Ears Nose and Paws organization.
JJ was invited into the surgery procedure room at Duke Universal Medical Center to watch the girl’s vital signs and reactions. Dr. Brad Taicher, an anestesiologist at the medical center, found the dog to be a logical solution since their sense of smell is far more advanced than any medical equipment in detecting anomalies in a person’s body.
Before the service dog came into the girl’s life, she had four severe reactions per year. Since the dog came into the family since last year, there has been only one.
Source: Little service dog has big job as Cary girl goes into surgery
18-year old Spencer Gorczewski met his very own diabetic alert dog for the first time Tuesday afternoon at Aberdeen Regional Airport. Razor, the red and white Border Collie, cost the family $18,000 through benefits and charity drives but it was all worth it. The dog is tasked to alert nearby people and his master if the boy’s blood sugar is unusually high or low.
Upon sensing if a diabetic attack is about to happen, the alert dog will bark. The dog has an ability to sense the highs and lows of his master’s blood sugar about 30 minutes before it happens. The pooch will not stop barking until the boy’s blood sugar has returned to its normal levels.
Even though there is still no cure ready for the boy’s diabetic problem, the family hopes that Razor is the answer to their needs.
Source: Dog to save 18-year-old from highs and lows in blood sugar
Dog T.A.G.S. (Train, Assist, Guide, Serve) is an all-volunteer organization to aid war veterans in recovering from the lingering trauma of being in the front lines of war. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has left these veterans helpless in common public situations. The organization’s mission is to give the former soldiers newfound confidence and bring back the normal life they have once lost.
Each vest that each dog wears a vest that bears a patch of the original owner’s fatigues and the American Disabilities Act credentials. The organization holds a great diversity of dog breeds which can range from toy poodles, springer spaniels, and terrier mixes among many.
People are advised to respect the “Do Not Pet” rule if they see one of these dog/soldier teams in public.
Source: Service dogs help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder