We believe that the lifesaving acts of a Service Dog shouldn't be out of reach for those that need one. We believe that a Facility Dog should be in every care home, fire house, police department, emergency dispatch center and school. Althea Canine's staff and volunteers will work tirelessly to make Service and Facility Dog's a reality in the world of Mental Health.
Class sizes are kept small (no more than 6 per class). All programs require a $500. processing fee once student is accepted. The average cost of Service Dog Training is $50,000, we utilize donor and grant funding to provide a variety of training programs. Any puppy/dog entering the program must pass a temperament test prior to being admitted into the training program. A fee may apply for testing.
Our trainers start first working with students on trainer skills, providing a solid foundation for the work ahead. Service Dog Classes are one time weekly for the first 3-months and then classes will be twice weekly, to include public access training. Our owner train program is 14-months and students with Mental Health/Psychiatric Disabilities are awarded full scholarships through grants and donations.
Our hybrid program starts with a 6-month board and train, followed by an 8-month owner train service dog program. The student fee is $500 per month during the board and train portion, with the final 8-months covered by scholarships through grants and donations.
We train during a 12-month board and train program, with classes for the handler and their canine partner for the following 6-months. Training with the handler includes handler skills and public access.
Facility Dogs have a unique job of helping many, in stressful environments daily. We provide a solid foundation for the canine to succeed in their new team role. In addition, we provide extended training as needed.
We offer a 6-month board and train program to start off all of our Facility Dogs. This includes handler training skills. After 6-months, we move the dog into their daily routine with on-site training for the handler(s) and dog for an additional 3-months. We work to build the funding around the needs of applicants. A completed MOU is required prior to training. The specific needs and location of the client will dictate the details of their specific training program.
We offer a 3-month board and train program, with handler classes, followed by 8-months of classes (weekly, then monthly on-site). A completed MOU is required prior to training.
This is a 6-mo. program and is designed to teach public manners for dog friendly locations, extended obedience skills and emotional support services so that your dog can help those with stressful job or public interactions safely work on mental health positive behavior. This could include your dog engaging you in physical activity such as walking or playing ball, behavior interruption and pressure therapy. Stress mitigation dogs are not service animals and are not certified as such.
All training and support provided is positive, we do not train using corporeal punishment. Dogs, like children, will seek attention either negative or positive. We reward good decisions with positive physical and verbal attention. We discourage undesirable behavior with confident verbal commands, patience and physical assistance (such as backing a dog up who advances during a sit or lay command without release). We believe that your canine companion needs a confidant leader to feel safe and that leads to confidant and desirable behavior. It is our experience that a dogs behavior gives a clear insight in to what they are feeling from the relationship they have with the humans in their life, which may be anxiety, need to protect, fear, uncertainty or lack of confidence. Our goal is to teach you the appropriate communication skills for you to create a healthy relationship for you and your canine family member, as well as helping you to understand their communication style. Trainers and st
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