Dog suitable for service dog

The service dog is specifically trained to help a person or group of people with a particular difficulty. Its training takes a lot of time, it is specialized and usually the dog is a particular breed such as Golden retriever, Labrador retriever and German Shepherd.

The service dog follows a very specific training in order to be able to help a person or a group of people.

The healing relationship is often associated with a certain request (difficulty, problem, etc.).

The training of the service dog is feasible only with some breeds such as Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever and German Shepherd.

It also requires some time, whilst the good physical condition and strength of the animal is a prerequisite.

Categories of service dogs trained by our organization

Service dog for children with autism.

Our organization provides the possibility of specially trained service dogs for families with autistic children. These dogs have a Service Dog Certificate from a global organization received after the end of their training.

What autism is:

Autism is defined as a complex neurobiological disorder that follows the individual throughout his or her life. Autism involves all levels of cognitive, emotional and behavioral development. The individuals with autistic syndrome have difficulties in:

  • verbal or non-communication
  • social interaction
  • social imagination

Additionally, the autistic individuals express low to zero socialization with stiff routines and repetitive behaviors.

When the autism is presented:

A child can be diagnosed as autistic from the age of 3 years and onwards. However, according to more recent studies, signs of autism can be identified by the age of 6 months.

How a specially trained dog for autism helps these people:

  • verbal or non-verbal communication

Through the trained service dog, the autistic person learns to recognize the emotions and to communicate through the body language. The service dog also helps the difficulties in one or more senses.

  • socialization

The etymology of the term autism derives from the word "self" and denotes the isolation of a self in itself. Studies show that people who get a service dog are making great progress in their social interaction. The dog helps the person to gain confidence in himself and reduces the fear of contact with other people. The person also stops feeling "cut off" from the community and the process of becoming part of it becomes more pleasant with reduced anxiety and panic attacks.

Moreover, equally important is the fact that the family of the autistic person stops feeling restricted, sideline and starts making daily procedures much easier.

  • learning difficulties

Individual with autistic syndrome express severe or fair learning difficulties.

The dog can be used by the teacher or the special therapist as a means to facilitate the learning process. The dog helps the autistic person not to lose interest and attention during the course and reduce stress during teaching.

In the same way, the specially trained dog, facilitates the process for the family itself during the study at home.

  • helps the autistic person to work more easily within a group

The autistic person who is accompanied by a service dog never feels alone and the contact with other people becomes easier and more pleasant. The service dog helps him to work within a group of people, wait his turn, be patient, be calm not nervous and communicate in a different way.

  • Service dogs are driving force for sessions

Most of the time autistic people need to carry out speech therapy sessions, occupational therapy sessions and even physical therapy sessions. These sessions with the help of a service dog become more entertaining and achievable.

The service dog helps the autistic individual in learning the patience process when:

  • he is surrounded by a lot of people
  • he is queued in the supermarket
  • he travels both inside and abroad

Extra benefits:

  • When the service dog sleeps with the individual or is close to him, it helps in nightmares and panic attacks during the night.
  • The service dog is a loyal friend and a therapist too for the autistic individual and his family. The dog will always be loyal and love the individual, it will never judge him but instead it will try to change his everyday life for the better by helping in the easiest to the most difficult daily procedures.

PTSD

Our organization is certified in the training of service dogs for people with post-traumatic stress or PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)

What PTSD is:

PTSD is referred to as post-traumatic stress disorder and belongs to anxiety disorders.

It is basically an emotional disorder that is developed as a result of a severe event which causes psychological trauma resulting in the tension and stress which overwhelms a person in his everyday life.

Among adult population 30% to 40% may develop PTSD and 20 to 30% in childhood.

How it is created:

People of all ages can experience post-traumatic stress after an unpleasant or terrifying event that occurred to them or witnessed it.

Events that can trigger post-traumatic stress are:

* Fighting (veterans and soldiers)

* Serious road accidents

* Natural disasters (earthquake, hurricane, flood etc.)

* Sexual assault(rape)

* Robberies

* Acts of terrorism

* Abuse (all forms)

The symptoms experienced by the person with post-traumatic stress are:

  • Recurring images of the incident (flashbacks)
  • Avoidance behaviors (the person avoids referring to the fact and avoids places that remind him of the incident)
  • Changes in sleep (nightmares, insomnia, interrupted sleep, sweating during sleep)
  • Mood swings and persistent worry that something bad will happen
  • Presenting depression and panic attacks
  • Alienation from society
  • Hyperstimulation
  • Alertness
  • Problems of concentration
  • Irritability
  • Anger
  • Memory problems
  • Sudden jerks at loud noises
  • Physical disorders such as muscle aches, headache, evacuations

How can a specially trained dog help people with PTSD:

  • Provides better quality of life
  • Reduces symptoms
  • Reduces the appearance of depression
  • Helps the quality of sleep
  • Reduces panic attacks
  • Helps people have a better social life
  • Provides security within large groups of people
  • Helps the person to understand reality and distinguish it from hallucinations
  • Emotional help
  • Provides information about taking medication
  • Provides information about impending panic attack and assistance during it
  • Helps the person in case of nightmares during sleep.

Morpheus

Morfeas is attending service dog training at the moment. After the completion of his training period he is expected to be a truly good service dog; soon then he will be handed over to his new family!