Helping is not our job. It's our passion!
We specialize in Diabetic Alert Dogs & Seizure Alert/Response Dogs
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***Answers to commonly asked questions are in bold***
Training for any dog never stops....not even for Service Dogs. Knowing that, we feel it is best that our clients spend 3 weeks learning how to handle their Service Dog and be immersed in the day to day reinforcement of that training. This allows for a successful Pawtnership.
The 3 Week Class Program Service Dogs are raised and "trained" by our organization to approximately 12 months. There will be occasions where the dogs might be younger or older, but 12 months is typical. While these dogs have been taught acceptable public behaviors, and well started on scent discrimination training, they will need daily reinforcement of these tasks, skills, and behaviors as they finish maturing into adult dogs.
During the 3 Week Class, you will be staying in a hotel in Jefferson City, Missouri where HSP trainers will meet with you daily for 3 weeks. Hotel provisions are included in the class fee. The hotel typically provides a breakfast, pool, and refrigerators and microwaves in each room. You are responsible for lunches and dinners as well as transportation to and from the class and transportation while you are here. You will need a rental car if you are flying in.
You will be matched with and meet your dog on the 2nd day of classes. From that point on, the dog will stay with you 24/7. This will be your Diabetes Alert Dog and will go home with you at the end of the 3 weeks.
You will be working your dog in public as a class and with individual attention so that you may learn the ins and outs. The classes are designed to introduce you to most situations that you might encounter upon daily life back home. During classes, we will be in grocery stores, department stores, malls, movies, the arcade, restaurants, the skating rink, the bowling alley, on a train, in elevators, in a school bus, at ball games, and we even spend a day at an amusement park. We want to make sure that you are very comfortable in these and any other similar situations upon your return to your hometown.
3 Weeks of Classes typically allows for multiple opportunities to see us model answering questions about the Service Dog as well as handling access issues in "real life" situations vs "practice", etc. This tends to alleviate a great deal of the anxiety for our clients as they return to such situations in their own hometown.
If the Service Dog is for a child, the child will need to be present for the classes, along with at least one parent. Please understand that we are very much in support of the family, as a unit, tackling anything and everything. However, other siblings will not be able to attend the classes due to the need for consistent focus by both the parent and the child who will be using the Service Dog.
If you expect perfect behaviors of these dogs, without mistakes, your expectations are too high and you will not be satisfied with any Service Dog. It is important to stress that while these dogs do indeed perform many helpful tasks and have amazing skills, they are much like having a 2 year old with fur, drool, and a need for consistency, praise, and correction. If you are the parent of a child who will be using a Service Dog, much of this responsibility will fall to you. While your child may be able to share in the responsibility, they must not be over-burdened with it. Older teens may be capable of handling more of the responsibility on their own.
Unless there is a specific allergy that is documented by a doctor's note, we do not accept specific requests for certain breeds, color, etc. If an allergy is documented, we will then select a dog of a breed that is considered "hypoallergenic". However, there again, we do not accept specific requests for certain breeds, colors, etc.
We do not work with individual's dogs in this program.
For each dog we train, it cost HSP between $16,000 - $25,000 for each dog, depending on the specific needs of the person receiving the dog. We ask that each person or family receiving a dog help raise a minimum of $6,000. This amount will be $7500 as of the July 2008 class and forward. HSP will raise the remaining portion. We are always grateful for those who choose to fundraise more than the minimum requirement.
In order to make sure those who apply are serious and we are not holding an open spot for someone who has no intentions of attending, a non-refundable deposit of $1500 is required to hold your place in the class. All fundraising must be completed no later than 60 days before the start of class. Space is filled on a "first come, first served" basis to avoid holding open slots for those who are not serious about attending. Your place in the class is not secured until your deposit is received. Please see below for our class schedule and openings available.
While we hate to "preach", we have found it necessary to spell out the following: We are not a retail business where you select a product off the shelf, pay for it, and may then expect customer satisfaction without doing anything further on your part. We are an organization of families who wish to help other families. We expect you to do your part in this process and part of that is following rules and guidelines. Some have chosen not to follow such rules and guidelines and were removed from the program after warnings. Please understand that under no circumstances will we tolerate those who choose not to follow HSP rules and guidelines. Those who are removed from the program will not be reimbursed. We must still cover the cost of the time and effort and training we put into you and the dog that was intended for you. The money given to HSP is in the form of donations. We cannot and will not give you money back from fundraising or "gift" organizations.
Some may see this as harsh, however, our situation is unique in that we must have a continuing relationship that is of good standing and open communication in order to properly help you through this process and help you face obstacles down the road. If you are unwilling to follow our rules and guidelines, we cannot possibly be expected to help you. There is limited time and resources and it is unfair to the others in the program and those who wish to abide by the HSP guidelines that we spend that limited time and those limited resources on those who do not wish to comply.
There are many ways to do things. We at HSP have chosen how we go about doing things in our program based on experience and the wish to avoid past issues. While you may feel there are better ways to do things, chances are you have less experience training service dogs for diabetes. If you have chosen to go through HSP then you need to be able to abide by our guidelines and treat our trainers with respect. We have dealt with individuals who truly feel they know better and by "trashing" the HSP program, they bring those around them into a negative spirit as well. It makes for a very tense situation for everyone and the dogs can read the stress but have no way to understand it, thus causing problems. It is also unfair to our other clients and volunteers to have to deal with your attitude when they are receiving nothing from this.
If you have come to us, asking for our help in obtaining a diabetes alert service dog, we are more than happy to help you with that need. In fact, we are thrilled to do so. However, if you are asking for our help and then ask us to change how we go about things, you are not being realistic. Would you ask someone for a cake recipe but then decide you were not going to add eggs and you felt the milk was just not to your liking so you were going to add kool-aid instead, yet expect it to come out right? The recipe works for a reason and won't work if you change it. Our program is much the same. If our program is not to your liking, that is okay. It is not for everyone and you are not required to participate in it. However, if you do choose to enter the HSP program, realize you will be expected to put your heart and soul into it and maintain a positive attitude. Anything less is not acceptable.
Our trainers live, breathe, and sleep service dog training in order to help our client families. This is a ministry to those families who have exhausted all other avenues and disrespect or hatefulness will not be tolerated. For those who go through the program and allow us to help you, we often see you as an extended family and the yearly get togethers are much like family get togethers. The 3 weeks you spend with us in Missouri are often the only time your child has been around others who have the same exact issues they do and for once they feel "normal". The 3 weeks allows you to concentrate solely on your new addition and learning proper techniques and daily ins and outs of living with a service dog. It also allows you fellowship with many other families who are going through the same thing. Suddenly counting carbs, injections, figuring pump entries, testing blood sugars, etc are perfectly normal to everyone around you vs being the oddity. While it is not a vacation, we do try to make it as enjoyable as possible for all involved.
Class space is limited so that we may maintain the quality of the program with individual attention. There is no waiting list for our classes. They are on a first come, first served basis. Our class schedule is as follows:
July 15th, 2007 - August 5th, 2007 - GRADUATED
September 29th, 2007 - October 20th, 2007 - FULL
February 3rd, 2008 - February 23rd, 2008 - FULL
July 13th, 2008 - August 2nd, 2008 - OPENINGS AVAILABLE
Other classes will be scheduled in the near future.
The first step in registering for a class is to submit an application. To submit an application, click here.
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