Canine Companions for Independence - North Central Region
Canine Companions for Independence
PO Box 446, Santa Rosa, CA, 95402-0446
Distance: 1014 Miles
Provides trained service dogs, or funding for service dogs, that help a person with mobility, independence and/or communication
Providing trained assistance dogs and ongoing support
Trained dogs can complete over 40 task-based commands, including:
* Retrieving and delivering dropped items
* Opening and closing doors
* Turning lights on and off
Dogs and people get matched and learn to work with each other at Team Training. This is a two-week program at the regional training facility. At the end, they celebrate with a public graduation ceremony.
Instructors stay in touch with graduates with to make sure they succeed with:
* In-person visits
* Advice via telephone and email
* People with disabilities who can demonstrate that an assistance dog will enhance their independence or their quality of life
* Also eligible are professionals working for organizations that provide care to clients who will benefit from interaction with a facility dog
* Individuals applying for a service dog must be at least 18 years old with an established, stable home life.
* Children must be at least five years old to be considered a Skilled Companion.
Canine Companions for Independence assistance dogs are NOT trained to assist with the following: guide the blind, do seizure or diabetic alert/response, anticipate or detect medical symptoms, for the primary benefit of emotional comfort or social support, recognize and/or manage undesirable human behavior, provide supervision, navigation, or safety from environmental hazards, respond aggressively, provide personal protection, or assist with the management of mental illness as a primary condition.
An application is available online. Instructions on the process are listed on the website.
The application process takes between three and six months, on average, before an applicant can be accepted into the program. If accepted, the candidate moves to the waiting list, which can last anywhere from six months to two and a half years.
The dog is free of charge. Students must pay for their transportation to and from the center, their meals during Team Training, and depending on the training center in your regional area, the cost of staying in a hotel.
|Toll Free||(800) 572-2275|
- North Central Regional Center 4989 State Route 37 E, Delaware, OH, 43015-9682
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LR-7950.5000-500Mobility Assistance Service Dogs Definition
Programs that provide and train recipients in the use of service dogs who have been taught to pick up dropped items, carry backpacks for books and other valuables, operate light switches, push elevator buttons, ring doorbells, open and close doors, pull wheelchairs up hills or over curbs and provide other types of personal assistance for people with physical disabilities who have limited mobility. Some mobility assistance dogs serve as "walker dogs" who steady Parkinson’s patients and people recovering from an injury while walking. If the individual falls, the dog may also be trained to act as a brace to help the person regain their feet.