Recent interview with Joanne Buckley and our Autism Service Puppy Buddy.
Service Dogs Europe, Autism Service Dog Program focuses on improving the quality of life for families of children/adults living with Autism. Unlike other organisations we do not place an upper age limit on those wanting a service dog.
Our highly skilled Autism Service Dogs offer families three key advantages – safety, comfort and inclusion. This is achieved by providing a fully trained dog and providing training and support to the parents and your son or daughter.
Your son or daughter’s safety is enhanced on outings by being connected to the dog through a belt around the child’s/adult’s waist ( if required ). Your son or daughter is able to roam freely, but should they attempt to bolt or wander off, the dog will be trained to sit or lie down and act as an anchor. This gives the parent time to intervene and deal with the situation. The parent has physical control of the dog by a lead and collar when using this system. The dog will be trained to stop at kerbs and stairs and responds to a parent’s vocal commands.
An Autism Service Dog may ease frustration and anxiety by providing a calming sensory input. The dog may also provide interruption from repetitive behaviours, as well as companionship and fun for the child/adult and social and emotional support for the parent.
An Autism Service Dog can help your son or daughter participate in social, leisure and education activities, as well as easing the stress associated with interacting with others. Outings with the entire family may become less stressful, and the dog may also encourage social interaction between the child/adult and his or her siblings or peers.
Families living with Autism Service Dogs have reported the following benefits:
- Improved participation in social and leisure activities for the family
- Improved quality and quantity of sleep as the child/adult may wake less with the dog sleeping in his/her room
- Positive changes in the child’s/adult’s behaviour
- Comfort for the child/adult
- Full legal public access, including restaurants and shops
Our dogs are trained to benefit those, both old and young with no upper age limit who:
- Demonstrate the most challenging and severe behaviours
- Are aged from 4 years with there being no upper age limit
- Have a confirmed diagnosis of Autism
Your training wіll tаkе place with your Service Dog and trainer for 3 days prior tо the placement of the Service Dog with you. Thіѕ іѕ аt thе еnd оf thе Service Dogs training соurѕе where he learns all the new skills required help you in your day to day life. Wе wіll nоw train thе the person the Service Dog was trained for hоw tо work wіth thе dog аѕ а team. Durіng thіѕ training thе dog learns tо respond tо thе commands оf thе handler, аnd thе handler learns hоw tо reinforce thе training thаt thе dog hаѕ аlrеаdу received. Wе cover practical, day-to-day life experiences including public access training.
Owner Training Choice’s.
Owner training can take place either in your own home and local town with one of our trainers and your Service Dog travelling to you or you can come to visit us in Co Louth and undergo training at our facility.
1. We Visit You. One of our trainers will travel to you with your trained Service Dog and spend 3 days with you training in your home and local town. This training will include visiting your local shopping centres, restaurants, using public transport and visiting friends and other family members if required. If the Service Dog was trained for a child then we can also include visiting your child’s school plus we will incorporate any other places you go to in your day to day life. You will also be shown the tailored tasks your Service Dog was trained to provide. Read More
2. You Visit Us. You will usually travel to us and start your training at 9am on Monday. This training lasts for 3 days. The training will take place in our local town. The training will consist of the same training as if we were to visit you but we will not be able to visit your child’s school or visit family members homes.
We can usually source and train an older dog ( 1 to 3 years old ) within 6 months, which means we can place a trained service dog with you in this time. Click here
If you would prefer to enter our puppy programme Click here
Train Your Own Dog
If you already have a dog and would like him/her assessed for suitability then Click here