Service dogs for
- Emotional Support
Empowering people with
How this all started:
As a long-term Whippet breeder, I placed numerous Whippets in families with a family member with special needs with wonderful results. It appeared that Whippets have a natural ability accommodate the owner's special needs. Over time, it became apparent that Whippet, as a breed, has many qualities that make it good for many people with special needs. The calm energy they have has worked wonders with children with autism. The same calming energy is just what helps many people recovering from trauma or PTSD.
We start the service dog training at about 4 months, and by the time our dogs graduate, they meet or exceed the ADI (Assistance Dog International) standard for a service dog.
Basic obedience training starts at 12 weeks of age.
The team was created
Our team consists of a Clinical Psychologist and two professional dog trainers with years of experience training dogs. Our Psychologist created different training programs for dogs for families, based on the unique needs of that specific family - making us the only dog training program that utilizes the expertese of a mental health professional, who works closely with the recepient family and with the trainers to create a unique training program for each dog. We have received excellent results placing dogs with families with different conditions, such as autism, PTSD, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and diabetes.
All puppies accepted in our training program are evaluated carefully to find out which service dog type matches best their temperament and nature.
Touch and pressure often help children with stress and anxiety. They also help children with autism to tolerate touching better, and many autistic children in our program are better able to receive affection from family members and friends after getting used to continuous touch by a service dog.
Whippets naturally have a calm energy about them, and they have been used as service and therapy dogs for hospice, court hearings to help minor victims testify, among many others. Whippets are also smaller than most commonly used service dog breeds, making them easier to house, transport, and handle. The short coat is easy to maintain and keep clean - the shedding is minimal, and compared to many other breeds, this reduces the need to constantly clean the home. The short coat of a whippet is soft and silky, which appears to be especially soothing to children with texture issues.
Whippet is typically calm, quiet and affectionate, and likes to stay close to its owner. This makes them particularly good for work, school and other environments. These qualities make them an excellent breed for people with diabetes.
Puppies in our program are exposed to different environments and situations, and well socialized. As a part of the program, they are exposed to crowds, loud sounds, and can be a great help in social situatitons. The beauty and elegance and rarity of Whippets causes people to notice them, and is a wonderful conversation starter for people with social anxiety, helping them to be more comfortable in social situations. The small size and behavior of the Whippet makes it not scary for even the youngest people. Whippets love children, and are very calm in the presense of children
Our puppies are used to children, dogs and other animals.