Service Dog Equipment
Advocate, Education and Consulting Services
What is an Advocate?
Origin of the word:
Latin advocãtus counselor, aide
As a Disability Rights Advocate specializing in Service Animal issues, we will:
1. Give lectures to organizations or companies about access and using service animals.
2. Outline the differences between Therapy and Service animals.
3. Give guidance to prospective handlers on selecting a service animal (or not).
4. Offer preliminary information on access issues rights (1st hour free). Occasionally this may not go your way.
5. Write letters or speak on your behalf on access issues ($35/hour after first hour. We do offer a sliding scale fee option based on need of the client).
6. Direct you to legal counsel in the event letters or phone calls do not resolve the issue or we believe that it would in your best interest given the specifics of your issue.
For more information email Advocate Services
As a Disability Education Specialist, specializing in Service Dog issues, we will:
1. Give lectures to organizations or companies about access rights for individuals under
the Americans with Disabilities Act, Air Carriers Access Act, HUD, and other Federal, State and Local Laws
for individuals using service animals in Public Access, and how they apply to organizations or companies.
Along with your rights and responsibilities under these various laws.
2. Outline the differences between Therapy and Service dogs.
3. Provide practical information in ways to handle encounters with disabled persons using service animals.
This will benefit your organization or company not only in complying with the law, but also to the bottom line.
4. We do motivational speaking as to how to over come adversity when is slaps you in the face. 5. Rates vary from hourly plus expenses charged to a flat fee honorarium.
Please email your request information for a quote to Education Services. We normally respond within 24-48 hour.
Thinking about getting a service animal for yourself or a loved one?
We can assist in guiding you through this process for a small fee.
Before you decide to get a service animal, you need to ask yourself and the loved one the following questions:
1. Why do you think a service dog would help you or your loved one? Understand this isn't going to be a pet.
It is a piece of medical equipment.
2. What do your family and/or friends think about you or your loved one having a service dog? How will you handle a family member or friends not allowing a dog in their home?
3. Program or owner-trained dog? Program dogs can be expensive and the waiting list is long.
Owner-trained dogs require a minimum of one to two years training but would be for your specific needs.
4. Do you have resources for owner-training? Who will be your puppy raiser? Who will do the obedience training? Who will do the advanced training? Are there trainers that can help? (We offer options for training assistance for a fee. We do offer a sliding scale fee option based on need of the clients.)
5. Do you or your loved one have a reliable veterinarian who understands service dogs? These animals require annual checkups, all shots, heart guard and lots of TLC. 6. Do have a plan for the animals care should something happen to the handler, whether temporary or permanent basis?
7. Do you understand that the handler will have to clean up after the dog?
8. Should the dog wear a vest or not? Some view the vest as an identification aide, others view it as a training aide (when the vest is on, the dog knows it is working).
9. Do you know the laws of your state pertaining to service dogs? (Sometimes state laws allow penalties for distracting or interfering with a service dog, the ADA does not).
10. Do you know what the ADA states pertaining to service dogs? Currently only dogs and miniature horses are qualified by the ADA to be considered service animals.
11. Can the handler be assertive in a confrontational situation about their service dog? If they are not comfortable in handling confrontations, this might not be an option for the handler, because there is always someone out there who thinks "you can't have a dog in the store!", "It's just a dog!".
12. How do you plan to retire the dog? THE hardest part is knowing when and how to retire the dog. What about replacement?
13. Do you understand that having a service dog is a FULL TIME commitment?
These are but a few question that go onto the process.
We have a comprehensive evaluation program to help you with these question and more. Our evaluation program includes home visits to help these and many other question, as well as the financial cost of being a service dog owner/handler. Our 3 step process is designed to be honest forthright to insure yours or your loved ones success with a service dog, if it is the option for you or your loved one or to identify reasons why it may not at this time be the best option. For more information email Consulting Services