Deer Creek's Service Dog Program

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Course Description:

At Deer Creek we have the unique position to raise and evaluate potential service dogs from birth, shaping them from day one into the very important role they will have in their new family.   We have several of our Deer Creek Alumni working as Mobility, PTSD, Anxiety Alert/Response and Autism Service Dogs and are hoping to add Seizure Alert to the program in the near future.  We provide temperament tested Service potential candidates with Kindergarten training all the way through fully finished Service Dogs. Each puppy has his or her own unique personality and natural abilities making them excel in the different facets of service work. We are very humbled and proud of our opportunity to find these characteristics at an early age through strategic breeding and our puppy raising protocols to then develop this gift with our puppies into fruition as working Service Dogs. 

 Puppies completing our Service Dog program start at $10,000 and are specially selected for the particular home that will compliment their unique abilities. We can also tailor the program to add a certain task or command that may be needed for the puppy to  better do his/her job. Our Service dog specialty programs include:

  • Psychiatric Services including PTSD and Anxiety Alert/Response

  • Mobility

  • Autism Assistance

  • Seizure Alert/ Response

Prerequisites:

  • A star pupil temperament tested and chosen by Deer Creek during the Puppy Preschool phase of training 

  • Living in the home of at least two of our trainers and reliably demonstrating the intelligence and behavior needed for working in both environments. 

  • Kindergarten Puppy Class completion

  • Puppy Canine Good Citizen Graduate Title completion

Course Objectives: At the completion of this class, puppies will be able to:

  • Be reliably house trained and crate trained in our home

  • Be further socialized in public with a variety of people and other dogs (Petsmart, dog parks, Lowe's, etc.) and will be expected to maintain appropriate behavior during our outings

  • Exhibit appropriate car riding etiquette (If big enough will enter and exit car on command)

  • Follow the verbal commands "sit, lay down, stay (20 feet), heel, in your bed, no, come, get in (car), Okay!, " Leave it", and go potty" (some commands have associated hand signals as well)

  • Know role specific commands such as "Visit" or "Say hi!" for therapy work or "kiss/hug/cuddle/love me" for emotional support type work.

  • Present their learned commands with light distractions such as other dogs, people, and background noise

  • Present appropriate reactions to wheelchairs, walkers, and other hospital equipment as well as normal facility noises and smells.  

  • Exhibit appropriate behavior to their trainers and strangers including not jumping up or play biting

  • Stand for grooming and be comfortable with all methods of handling and care

  • Use stairs and enter doors appropriately

  • Go to nursing homes, hospitals, and even approving restaurants and be knowledgeable of proper behavior

 

Final Exam:  

Once a puppy exhibits reliable knowledge and appropriate behavior (around 8+ months old) on multiple trips to various locations consistently with their primary trainer, we will then test the puppy on a nursing home trip with a second trainer unknown to the dog to ensure their reliability regardless of handler. The puppy will then stay with the second trainer for one week of assessment to confirm their behavior and skill set for multiple homes. 

Graduation Package - Puppy will receive the following package for going home with their

new family:

  • A valuable 1 hour training session with one of our trainers 

  • A full set of shots and rabies completed for the year

  • Spayed/ Neutered at the appropriate age

  • Leash, collar, ball, bully stick and food sample

  • Doggy door bells

  • Canine Good Citizen Certificate and ribbon

  • Vest with associated patches for therapy, service, or emotional support