Here at Elkhound Ranch we really like to keep things simple. With much talk and unethical hype surrounding Service and Emotional Support Animals, it is difficult to understand what exactly you are searching for when it comes to furthering the discipline or behavior of your dog. We are setting out to fix the problem.
I simply want more training for my dog, can I skip the Emotional Support or Service Dog curriculum?
Absolutely!......See Available Role Model Plans and Pricing tab above.
Do we train Service Animals?
No……According to Title II & Title III of the ADA (American’s with Disabilities Act), Service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.
So then, you train Emotional Support Animals, Right!?
No……Because Emotional Support Animals are not considered Service Animals under the ADA and are not required by law to even have received any training. An Emotional Support Dog is simply a dog that provides companionship, relieves loneliness and sometimes help with depression, anxiety, and certain phobias. Your dog can probably already provide these things for you, however, if prescribed by a doctor or therapist as part of a treatment plan, you may benefit with access to housing developments and airplanes.
So, how exactly can you help me with my Emotional Support Dog?
Bingo!!!...... There is the Million Dollar Question. If your doctor has prescribed an Emotional Support Animal to you as part of a treatment plan then we are here to make certain that your dog behaves well in the environment(s) that your particular dog may have access. Your dog will not have additional public access beyond other dogs except that it will be allowed into “No Pets Allowed” housing developments and onto airplanes. Also, Emotional Support Dogs are sometimes invited into certain places of business that seek therapy for their guests or residents.
ADA states that handlers of Service Dogs must maintain control of their animal. At Elkhound Ranch, we believe that Emotional Support Dog Handlers should not be held to any lesser standard then Service Dog Handlers. If it is a possibility that you may have your dog out in public and within these additional allowed locations then we feel that it is necessary for your dog to complete our advanced curriculum. If you are looking for a particular degree of training that will ensure proper behavior and correct public presentation then these advanced training plans will help you achieve exactly that. Finally, assuming you simply want your dog behaving well in public, wearing his or her vest to present proper and with you during entry of as many places that will possibly allow it, then let’s get you enrolled in our Role Model Curriculum immediately!
Which Training Class is right for My Dog?
See Available Role Model Plans and Pricing tab above
Payment is due in full at the time when you arrive for your first lesson or drop your dog off to stay with us for the training program. We do not currently offer financing options. You must provide proof of current vaccinations for Rabies, Distemper, and Bordetella. It is also recommended that your furry friend is at a minimum of 4 months of age.
If you are looking to further the education and behavior of your dog then this is your starting point. This course is to perfect the skills taught in the Board and Train Program and allow our trainer to completely evaluate and test your dog. Not all dogs will be capable of passing this phase, but in general, most will. If your pet is capable of passing this transitional phase, then you and your dog are on the way to achieving what Elkhound would consider to be a Model Therapy Dog. This course will need to be successfully completed prior to considering your dog for enrollment into our advanced courses.
Maybe you simply feel that your dog needs to act more like your teammate. Maybe it has nothing to do with Therapy but you wish to hold your dog to a higher standard. This course is for you! However, this process will also ensure that your pet will act as a Model Therapy Dog. If your dog is providing Therapeutic Services to you or others then it is essential that your dog behaves to a standard. This Course is that Standard. Once complete, you and your pet will be capable of displaying proper behavior, together and as a team. This could be exactly what is needed if you are waiting on a pet-access invite from a business or organization.
Leaving the Ranch and heading off to the Big City? Your pooch needs to know how to act in public. This course will provide your Crew-of-Two (you and your pup) with the confidence necessary to navigate crowds and public areas. If your doctor has prescribed an Emotional Support Animal to you then you may be allowed to take your pet into “No Pets Allowed” Housing or even onto an aircraft. You are going to want your dog with you as much time possible and into as many locations and establishments that will allow both of you. At this point, your dog has successfully completed all of Elkhound’s Obedience Courses and this will finalize the process of creating a Role Model Emotional Support Dog.
No courses offered by Elkhound Ranch will grant your dog access into areas restricting access. Your ESA Letter or Pet Therapy Certification that you receive from your doctor may provide you with additional access benefits. Service Dogs are granted additional access to certain facilities. It is unethical to misrepresent pets or Emotional Support Animals as Service Dogs.