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Service Dog – Balance

Types of  ”Direct-Service” Assistance Dogs

Service Dog – Balance [SD-BAL] – [Level 3]

A p4p Service Dog – Balance [SD-BAL] is an Assistance Dog specially trained to enable individuals with equilibrium or vertigo related disabilities to walk without the use of a wheelchair or “walker” thereby enabling them to lead more independent life.

The Private Placement Clients (PPC) for these dogs are generally under medical care or have been diagnosed with equilibrium or vertigo disorders.

[NOTE: This training certification is generally obtained by a p4p Assistance Dog as a secondary (hybrid) certification. However, it is available as a stand alone certification.]

A p4p Service Dog  receives within a p4p K-9 Training Program/Venue:

  • a MINIMUM of 480 hours of training against the pKTI Service Dog Command Set Matrix, over a period of at least 12 months,
  • a MINIMUM of 240 hours of General Obedience Training, over a period of at least 12 months,
  • a MINIMUM of 120 hours of “socialization” Training” over a period of at least 12 months, and,
  • a MINIMUM of 60 hours of “Client Specific Custom” Command Set Training during its final 3-months of training.

At the completion of these training requirements all p4p Service Dogs  must pass the p4p Service Dog Certification Test, the Private Placement Client / Private Placement Handler Service Dog Transition Training Course, and the p4p Public Access Evaluation Test. Once the p4p Service Dog  has successfully completed these Tests / Courses, it is then designated as a “Certified” Service Dog .

[Note: A p4p Service Dog  has full "Public Access" as defined by the ADA.]

p4p Service Dogs  are acquired from:

  • the paws4people TM Assistance Dog Breeding Program. A custom blood-line breeding program specifically developed to produce dogs with the personality, temperament, and disposition suitable for Assistance Dog work,
  • a specially chosen breeder (either via donation or purchase) whose blood-lines and pedigrees have been carefully researched to produce dogs with the required personality, temperament, disposition, and confirmation suitable for Assistance Dog work, or,
  • the p4p Shelter/Rescue Program.

Upon successful completion of this testing and evaluation process the p4p Service Dog shall be eligible to wear the corresponding logo of the respective training program / facility where the dog completed its training.

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