Service Dogs

Trail’s End Labradoodles focuses on breeding dogs with calm, obedient, people-loving temperaments.  Consequently, they are often perfectly suited for Assistance or Service Dogs! We love the work that the ASDA does, and are very excited to be involved. Recently, four of TEL’s Labradoodles were accepted into the Autism Service Dogs of America’s training program!!

UPDATE: We have met our goal and waiting for Autism Service Dogs of America to determine the time for their next puppy for their program. Thanks for all our adoptee’s for helping us reach this goal!

Indie (Left),  Izzie (right), are now in the ASDA program. Mateo (below left) and Nico (below right) are in training.

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ASDA’s motto is: “A child who connects with a dog connects with the world.”

 

 

 

 

 

In Nico 1ASDA’s training program, the puppy is raised, potty trained, crate trained, and taught the basics by a puppy coach. A puppy raiser is then assigned to the puppy for 12-18 months of socialization and exposure training in all situations. The dogs then enter advanced training, where an assistant trainer works on specific skills for the next 2 months. When the dog is matched with an individual family, ASDA’s Placement and Training Director conducts the dog’s final training, provides individual training with the dog and primary handler, and then completes the placement by going to the family’s home.

Their mission at Autism Service Dogs of America (ASDA) is to make a positive impact on the lives of children living with autism—and their families—by providing exceptionally well trained service dogs.

ASDA’s service dogs provide a physical and emotional anchor for children with autism. With their child tethered to a service dog, families feel they are newly freed to engage in activities as simple as going out to eat as a family. When out in the community, a service dog can increase safety and make the child and families feel secure. In many cases, the service dog accompanies the child to school, where its calming presence can minimize and often eliminate emotional outbursts, enabling the child to more fully participate in his or her school day. Transitioning among school day activities is eased and the service dog provides a focus through which the child can interact with other children. This helps increase the opportunity for the child to develop social and language skills.

Here is one testimony for ASDA from a family that has one of their service dogs:

“Whether you know it or not, you have been the answer to my prayers. Literally, I had been praying for a way to keep Kaleb safe, happy and enjoying life to the fullest. We have ALWAYS had this safe place we call HOME but you have given our family THE WORLD! Thank you doesn’t seem like enough to say.” –Nichelle

Check out this youtube! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1xss3ixV1k