Service dogs can be a miracle for families. There is so much they provide that it’s hard to consider not introducing one to your household. There are many families out there that dream of owning a service dog for their loved ones, and many wait to take the necessary steps to make it happen. As service dog providers, we know that there are more reasons not to wait on getting a service dog than there are in extensively waiting to make your decision. If you’re considering investing in a service dog, read to learn why you should get started today!
1. It takes time to get the process started.
Receiving a service dog doesn’t happen right then and there. There’s a lot that goes into the process, from beginning to end. In the course of obtaining a service dog, you will go through an initial screening. In most cases, families spend time fundraising for service dogs, in addition of the cost of a Diabetic Alert Dog offset by our non-profit.
Yes, having a service dog in your home does take a while. SDWR believes in quality training and placement as well as making sure you end up with a service dog that fits perfectly in your household. For this reason, it’s a good idea to think ahead and get started early in the process.
2. Financing through fundraising.
There are always ways to afford the cost of a Diabetic Alert Dog. Though fundraising for service dogs is very effective, it still takes time and effort. Planning for community events, functions and executing any fundraising strategy will take time. Though it takes a while, you should not overlook the time it takes to match the cost that we offset. It’s not necessary to have all of your finances ready up front, but it still does help ease the transition in obtaining a service dog for you or your loved one.
3. Training won’t be short.
Providing a fully functional, top-notch service dog is our primary goal. We want to ensure your dog fulfills his or her job in keeping their handler safe, protected and loved. To achieve our goal, we’ve developed a proprietary training program to ensure our dogs are competent in their duties. This starts with a highly selective process in choosing our service dogs. Only pups with the highest scent and physical capabilities are selected to be trained as service dogs. From then on, they are placed with a family according to their temperament and personality traits.
The real training begins in your home, where one of our professional dog trainers visits every every 90 days for training sessions. Training continues over a two-year period. Yes, it does take a long time to complete our rigorous standards for training. Service dog raining applies not only to our dogs, but to families as well. There are signals and other communication aspects that a family must get familiar wit to fully communicate with and understand their dog.
4. The dangers of invisible illness won’t go away.
If you or a loved one are affected by an invisible illness, you know that it’s hard to find safety in every moment. There will be times when you wonder what dangers will approach you or your loved ones next. A sharp high or low presents its own kind of dangers. Letting the instability of your invisible illness be presented to you on a daily basis increases your risk of harm, and this harm is never-ending. Through a service dog, you can put an end to your worries and overcome the dangers of living with diabetes. Our Diabetic Alert Dogs are the perfect tool in making safety a priority.
5. You’re waiting on living a fuller life.
In the face of invisible illness, it’s hard to find that balance between living a happy life and and taking care of daily struggles. Through your service dog, this balance is more than possible. You can alleviate any of the worries and isolation that come from living with diabetes. Our Diabetic Alert Dogs make great companions and provide unconditional love and relief despite any health complications. Through a service dog you and your loved one can find peace, independence and safety. With all that our Diabetic Alert Dogs have to offer, there’s no reason to wait on enjoying an enhanced quality of life.
If you or a loved one are in need of a service dog, contact us today.