What We Don't Do
We do not create unnecessary tasks for dogs to complete simply because we are looking for a way for dogs to “assist with a specific disability.” Public Access Laws state that a dog cannot be granted public access simply for emotional support, and that the dog must be trained in specific tasks to assist their affected partner. Because of this, many are “looking” for tasks to train their dogs. We will not train a dog to pick items up off the floor if you can easily do this, etc. We will not train a dog to protect you – it is not safe. We WILL train a dog to assist you with actual tasks for actual needs.
Is a Little Angels Psychiatric Service Dog Right for Me?
In order to receive a Psychiatric Service Dog from Little Angels, you must:
- Have a life-inhibiting psychiatric condition, with documentation from your doctor supporting your diagnosis.
- Have strong communication skills and the ability to be consistent with a dog regarding training exercises.
- Have a family that loves dogs.
- Have patience to work through problems (even a trained dog is still a dog).
- Have finances to provide your dog with veterinary care and maintenance for the next 10-12 years.
- Be willing to travel to San Diego, California or Bartlett, New Hampshire for handler training with your child and at least one additional adult to provide child care while you are in your lessons.