The exciting and rewarding field of Assistance Dog Training often comes with many questions. Here are some answers to a few that we have come across. If you do not see a question you would like answered, or would like a more in depth answer feel free to email us.
Why should I donate to Power Paws Assistance Dogs?
According to the 2000 US Census, over 25 million Americans are unable to walk 1/4 of a mile or even climb 10 stairs without some kind of assistance. At Power Paws, we believe that it is the right of every person to have the quality of life that they want, and by providing skilled service dogs we can give back to our communities and their citizens. Please help us by making your tax deductible donation!
How long does it take to train a service dog?
A service dog is trained in 90 different commands, which can be taught to them in about 6 months. We begin positive training techniques at 3 weeks of age. However, a dog is not placed with an individual until they are about 1 1/2 to 2 years old. They need to reach their physical and emotional maturity so they can be properly placed with the right person.
Can I pet your dog?
You should always ask the owner first. If the owner says no, don't take it personally. The general rule is if you see a dog wearing a cape, it is considered to be working and therefore not to be touched.
Do the dogs get to have any fun?
Of course! Not only do they get to be around their person all the time, they are also out of the house doing things and going places. When the puppies are learning they have short daily training sessions and spend most of the day socializing with the other dogs. They are very well cared for and loved.
Why do they have to wear a cape?
Their cape is used for multiple things. First, it identifies them as being a Service Dog so they are allowed public access. Next, it acts as their backpack to carry things such as a copy of the law, other important papers as well as their clean up kits. And finally, the cape lets you know which organization trained the wonderful dog you see.
How does someone get a service dog?
They can apply to Power Paws! The application includes a form to fill out and flow charts which explain the entire process.
How long is your waiting list?
Right now, our waiting list is 6 months to 2 years. The wait time is will vary from person to person due to our matching the personality styles of dog to the applicant. A majority of the wait time is due to this matching process. If we do not have a match for the applicant, we have to wait for upcoming litters to try again. But through donations, our breeding program can expand faster reducing the wait time.
How much does a Service Dog cost?
An approximate cost and value of a service dog when fully trained is $15,000 but because of donations we are able to place the dog for a minimal $6,000 fee for AZ Placements and $7,000 for out of state placements. This fee can be raised by the individual through grants, sponsorships and other such programs such as The Assistance Dog United Campaign.
Guide Dog or Other Animal
You can include in medical expenses the costs of buying, training, and maintaining a guide dog or other animal to assist a visually-impaired or hearing-impaired person, or a person with other physical disabilities. http://www.irs.gov/publications/p502/ar02.html#d0e2634
How do I get involved?
There are many things you can do, and we welcome your help! You can donate money, puppy toys or other items, do office work or help with fundraising activities. Contact us if you would like to help!
What happens to the dogs that are released from Power Paws?
Dogs that do not make it as assistance dogs are first offered to the puppy raiser. If they are unable to keep the dog, they are sold as pets starting at $500. The adoption fee depends upon how much training they have. Please check our released dogs page for availability.
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