These dogs are trained to mitigate and distract from possible stressors/triggers related to an individual’s PTSD or panic disorders and contribute to their physical, emotional and social well-being. These dogs may wake their human from nightmares, protect partners from triggered violence, buffer the human in public from crowding and may even alert to a pending emotional response.
A biodetection dog is a dog trained to detect conditions and diseases in humans. For instance, dogs can be trained to identify the odor of cancer, or minute changes in body odor that reflect dangerous blood chemistry for people with diabetes, Parkinson's Disease, or seizure disorders. These alert dogs can warn their owners, support them during episodes, bring vital medical supplies, and even call for assistance. Our Cancer Detection dogs have a proven track record with multiple medical test confirmations and a 92% success rate.
These dogs are trained to stay close to their partner for the duration of the seizure, to intervene and encourage their partner to come out of the seizure state, as well as fetch medications, a telephone or even a neighbor. These dogs are also trained to detect the onset of a seizure based on the changes in body chemistry that causes a change in the scent of the human.
An Allergen Detector Dog is a valuable tool for a person with specific food allergies, mold and other substances. Since a dog’s sense of smell far surpasses that of humans, detection of odors is a perfect job for these dogs. Our Allergy Dogs, undergo extensive training, are easily able to detect minute quantities of allergens in any form; raw, cooked, oil, butter, dust, etc.
The Allergen Detector Dog, although a pioneer, has already proven to be an incomparable and diligent assistant, devoted to preventing contact with specific allergens and thereby, a severe allergic reaction.
People with chronic renal failure may have anemia, abnormal electrolyte levels, and elevated blood pressure. The levels of certain protein enzymes and chemicals such as creatinine and blood urea nitrogen (BUN) will also be high. All these chemical changes cause specific smells to be present in urine samples and mouth swabs. Even the skin can carry the chemical changes and hence the smell of kidney failure.
This is a pioneering endeavor for our detection dogs but they are proving to be surprising adept at detecting all levels of kidney failure and disease.
Kidney disease and the eventual need for dialysis is increasing at an alarming rate. Hence the need for truly early detection, detection only a dog's nose can do.
Valley fever is a fungal respiratory infection. It can be acquired when microscopic spores of the soil-dwelling fungus are inhaled. Two forms of the fungus exist, Coccidioides immitis and Coccidioides posadasii. They are endemic to regions of Arizona, New Mexico, California, Nevada, Utah, Texas and northern Mexico.
Most individuals inhaling Coccidioides particles are assumed to be able to naturally resolve the infection, developing immunity to future spore infections. Often, such non-symptomatic individuals are unaware they have been exposed. Others are not so fortunate, however.
Diagnosis of Valley Fever is mostly dependent on symptoms and is a guessing game due to the overlap of symptons with other diseases and illnesses. A dog's nose however, given breath samples can detect the earliest signs of Valley Fever making treatment much more effective.
These dogs are trained to detect sudden drops or rises in their partner’s blood sugar through scent and alert them so that they can monitor their blood sugar. They are also trained to retrieve medical supplies like the glucose meter, medicine and other objects necessary to assist their human partner.
Dogs are used in all sorts of detection activities currently. From dogs detecting bombs and drugs to being used on archiological digs to detection ancient bones.
We specialize in medical alert dogs and medical detection dogs. Therefore, if a disease, illness or condition changes the chemical composition of the human body or introduces new substances such as the spores from Valley Fever, the change in smell can be detected by a dog either with a urine sample or a cheek swab.
Early alerting to Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, diabetes, Lupus and much more can be trained for you.
Hearing Dogs are custom-trained to assist people who are deaf or hard of hearing by physically alerting their partner to common sounds such as a smoke alarm, doorbell, alarm clock, telephone ring or child’s cry. A Hearing Dog nudges or paws its partner alerting them to a sound and then leads them to its source. Hearing Dogs can also be taught to respond to American Sign Language for people who are non-verbal.
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For those willing to learn you could even be involved in the training.
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Service Dogs don't come cheap. Even if the owner trains their own dog, the time invested is enormous. It's been said 1000 hours of training is necessary to create a service dog who can reliably do his job. Help make this a reality for those who can't train their own dogs. Donate today !
Puppy raisers take care of all the needs of a puppy in training until it comes back to our facility for the final training push. But once here, training happens, but so does the normal everyday care of the dog. Come help us with exercise, bathing, feeding, grooming and most important - play.
If you would like to be a bigger part of a service dog's life than just a one time donation, but don't have the time or resources to come to our facility to assist, sponsor a dog.
Sponsorship covers food, medications and grooming and is a monthly token of love for the dog you choose to sponsor. Each dog needs to be sponsored for four months.