Pawsitive Pac Service Dog Training program is unleashing the possibilities for those with visible and non-visible disabilities, by matching puppies and young dogs to be trained as service dogs to help people lead more independent lives.
This very special program is all about the right match being made between dog and handler. Once the match is made training of both dog and handler begins together right from the start. We train service dogs to assist with: Autism, Multipurpose, Mobility, Seizure, Psychiatric, Hearing, Medical, Diabetic and other disabilities. The Partnerships we create are life changing.
Pawsitive Pac Service Foundation works with many breeders whose dogs have been evaluated and who have proven blood lines with ancestors who have been in service, therapy or working and show dogs. Animals Deserve Better will also evaluate and rescue puppies/dogs from local or out of State shelters. We can also evaluate a handler's own dog as a potential to become their service dog. Almost all the puppies/dogs live with us in our homes enabling us to learn all about their personalities to ensure the right match between puppy/dog and handler are made. We can also custom search for a specific breed based on what the handler is looking for. We do not have a wait list, the wait is as long as it takes to find the right match for all concerned, everyone including the dog and other animals in the home have to be sure that this is the right match, otherwise we will not place. If you don’t like the people, you work for you will not work well.
To start the process an application will need to be completed and one can be found on our web site under the forms tab. Part A is all about the person needing the service dog, general fact finding, and physical strengths and weaknesses are included in this form. Part B gets completed by the doctor and sent to us to be reviewed. We also require a video or photos be sent of the living environment to help us with placement of the dog in the home. Answers to our questions can be done in the video or written on a separate sheet of paper. Two letters of recommendation one from a friend and one from a professional informing us as to the reasons they believe that you would benefit from a service dog. We work with individuals and families Nationwide.
Once we have this information, we can then ensure that you indeed qualify under the ADA for a service dog and have information on your disability to be able to answer all your questions. Any dog that we take into the program we are with that dog for the dog's life. Disabilities change and we want to ensure that our dogs are working to the best of their ability to ensure their handlers safety. Upon approval we set up a meeting to go over all the information necessary including getting contracts signed we can then start the process of locating a match. Animals Deserve Better, Inc requires a donation / contribution of funds be made to the non-profit. Assistance can be provided through our operations Department for fundraising and other sourced suggestions. The donation/contribution can be spread out over a period of time with an initial donation / contribution made at the time of the contracts being signed, giving the go ahead to start the search. Sponsorship of the puppy/dog are also possible from other organizations and a separate proposal to them will be made and attached to the contract upon it being agreed to.
Pawsitive PAC Service Program will work with and assist the handler in any way possible. We are all about your health and wellness and for making your life better. Please if you are a Veteran, look at our veteran program for assistance.
Training includes basic, intermediate and advanced obedience together with agility, fit-paws, core body strengthening, nose -works, educational games and scent work along with certifications of AKC Star Puppy if under a year, AKC Canine Good Citizen, Urban Canine, Community Canine and the Public Access Test. We work obedience and disability side by side; you live and breathe service dog. Where you go your dog will go, on the job training is socialization and habituation. We use positive reinforcement, tlc, love and affection in our training methods. One on one classes are offered for specific disability work along with group class on Saturday’s and elite groups during the week. Training starts out weekly. Every team will learn at a difference pace so you may not graduate with those you started out with. Basic time frame is about 24 months before you end up graduating as a trained team, but this can vary. Life and training will go on forever. We do require that you return to the school, or we facetime or skype every 2 years to make sure that you are maintaining the best possible working relationship and to add additional tasks that may be required. We are available 24/7 for any questions that you may have. We are in constant contact with you even after graduation. Cell phone will not be answered by trainers during class unless a 911 but text or email, if necessary, may receive a reply. All information is private and confidential.
We provide specially trained service dogs to families who have children aged 3 and up on the autism spectrum or with other neurocognitive disabilities through this training program. Our dogs can help relieve emotional outbursts by redirecting the child’s attention, interrupt repetitive behaviors, improve social skills, increase self-confidence, and more.
This innovative program is for children aged 3 and older employs a unique model in which the dogs are trained alongside their new family and other program participants for 6 weeks after the dog has been fully Trained
We provide specially trained Therapy dogs to children in pediatric care at Mainstreet Pediatrics in Parker, Colorado.
This innovative program is for children in pediatric care or children in counseling either privately or in schools. Our mission is for our Therapy dogs to provide comfort in stressful situations allowing the child to relax and allow treatment.
Please read through all this info before deciding if this is something you might like to do.
Interested foster volunteer-applicants will be required to submit a foster/puppy raiser application form, (see below) references are required and to complete a successful interview with a Pawitive Pac Service Foundation staff member to be considered for the program.
Foster / puppy raiser volunteers must reside in Metro Denver Area or be able to travel for regular weekly training sessions and have availability to exercise the puppy / dog in a safe fenced-in area.
Foster / puppy raiser families are needed to socialize and provide various training to puppies who are 8 weeks and older for a varied amount of time depending on when placement is made with their matched handler. During this time foster / puppy raisers will come for training with a Pawsitive Pac Service trainer on a weekly basis plus continued training “On the Job Training” when not in Pawsitive Pac Service training Class.
The key purpose of the foster / puppy raiser program is to socialize and train puppies or dogs to prepare them for their lives as service dogs. Volunteer foster / puppy raisers are responsible for taking Pawsitive Pac Service puppies out in public in their service dog jacket often to expose the puppies to unfamiliar environments such as shopping malls, movie theatres, parks, playgrounds, buses, trains, grocery stores and also around people of different ages, and other animals, etc. It is critical that foster / puppy raiser families expose the puppies to the sights, sounds and smells they will encounter as service dogs. Foster / puppy raiser individuals or families are also responsible for assisting Pawsitive Pac Service Foundation in maintaining the puppy or dogs' health care by scheduling if not done by Pawsitive Pac Service Foundation and transporting the puppy or adult dog to routine veterinary appointments. Pawsitive Pac Service provides the routine veterinary care to all puppies / dogs in training at no cost to the foster families. But should an accident or medical needs come from lack of supervision or fault of the foster or puppy raiser then these medical costs would be their responsibility.
Foster / puppy raiser individuals or families are provided with food and the necessary training equipment. Puppy and dog training/socialization classes are held in our school in Aurora Colorado for foster / puppy raiser individuals or families to receive the necessary training raining.
Foster / puppy raiser individuals or families may have the opportunity to meet the child or adult who receives the service dog they have helped train and raise based on the service dog handler’s wishes.
If you need more info, you can fill out an information request form.
If you are certain this is something, you would like to do fill out our puppy raiser application.