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HSP Program Dogs

Our HSP Program Dogs waiting list is approximately 4 years long. If you do not wish to wait this length of time, please consider either the 3 Week Class Program or the Do-It-Yourself Course. There is no waiting list for these two options. The classes are a first come, first served option that would allow you to return home with a trained dog. The Do-It-Yourself course allows you to select and train a dog when you are ready to do so.

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HSP Program Service Dogs will have been raised and "trained" by our organization through the age of 18-24 months. There will be occasions where the dogs might be slightly younger or older, but 18-24 months is typical. While these dogs have been taught to perform specific tasks and skills to meet their human partner's needs, along with acceptable public behaviors, etc, they will need daily reinforcement of these tasks, skills, and behaviors. 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.

Our trainers spend countless hours raising, conditioning, and reinforcing positive behaviors as well as "training" our Program Dogs to alert and/or respond to hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, and/or seizures. Once the Service Dog has been placed with their human partner, our trainer continue to work with the family through the "Service Life" of the dog.

Our organization does provide you with everything you need to get off to a good start, once the Service Dog is placed in your home, you become responsible for costs of living as well as veterinarian fees, maintenance, etc.

Our trainers typically travel to you for pre-placement visits as well as placement of the Service Dog for a variety of reasons listed below. It has been of immense help for our trainers to spend time helping families adjust to life with a Service Dog. This is done through pre-placement visits, having our clients make a list of places they frequent and going there with them, attending school, college, or work with our clients as they take their Service Dog for the first time, etc. This has allowed our clients to have a smoother transition, see us model answering questions about the Service Dog as well as handling access issues in "real life" situations vs "practice", etc. This alleviates a great deal of the anxiety for our clients. Last but not least, it has been proven that children learn best in their own environment. Our program is tailored to best meet our client's needs. The majority of our clients are children. To ask a child to travel to an unknown area, learn a new way of life, and then go home and apply it to their environment is not reasonable. While this is determined on a case by case basis, it has been our experience that traveling to our clients works out best for our families.

Our organization will work with the school, daycare, etc to help facilitate a smoother transition. Often times, schools request in-service training and we gladly oblige. More often than not, we also give presentations during assembly sessions at the school, allowing questions from other students and faculty as well as educating on why we do not pet the Service Dog, bark at it in the halls, feed it leftovers from the school lunch, or otherwise distract the Service Dog, etc.. This helps to prepare the school for a new "face" as well as taking some of the pressure off the child due to questions that might have been asked or awkwardness that might have occurred.

We are often asked if 5-6 families must be in one area to receive one of our Service Dogs. The answer is no. That only applies to the Self-train classes and not our HSP Program Service Dogs.

For more information, please contact us at info@heavenscentpaws.com or you may call us at (573) 493-2627

 

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