FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What type of Service Dogs do you train?
D4DV train's mobility dogs, hearing dogs, seizure alert dogs and psychiatric service dogs.
Do you train PTSD dogs (Emotional Support Dogs)
Yes, absolutely! D4DV understands this is a growing need amongst our returning veterans and we happily provide Emotional Support Dogs to veterans who are suffering from PTSD and/or depression.
Do you provide Skilled Companion Dogs?
Yes! While this is less requested we offer this special kind of companion when an individual does not require a service dog but could use help with task work around the home only.
Are your dogs available only to Veterans?
No! While our organization was created to provide service dogs and emotional support dogs to veterans and they will always get priority, we will gladly consider placing dogs with non-veteran applicants as well. Please feel free to contact us if you are not a veteran but are in need of a service or emotional support dog.
How long does it take to get a dog?
This depends on several things.
If we have dogs already in training or if we need to bring one into the program to begin training
What level the dogs are at in their training at the time your application is received
What type of dog you are requesting
If you have a type of disability that will require specialized training
It usually averages 1.5 to 2 years to train a service dog from the ground up. We strive to always have service dogs at different levels of their training in the program to shorten the wait time, however, we can not always guarantee this. We often have pet dogs and emotional support dogs trained and waiting for applicants. Please see our Available Dogs page.
Will you train my personal dog?
D4DV is committed to unwanted shelter and rescue dogs that do not have homes. Our resources are limited as well as our space therefore we can not bring an individuals pet dog into our training program.
Can I donate my dog to your program?
This is always hard for us as we get numerous calls from people in desperate situations who want to find a safe place to rehome thier beloved dog. While our hearts go out to these individuals and their dogs, we must stay committed to unwanted shelter and rescue dogs that do not currently have homes. Our resources are limited as well as our space and we never want to deny a shelter dog the chance for a life and a future, therefore we do not accept donations of pet dogs into our program.
What is the difference between a Service Dog, an Emotional Support Dog and a Skilled Companion Dog?
Service dogs are trained to do tasks which mitigates the person's disability. Examples of service dog tasks are; pick up dropped items, open doors and drawers, retrieve needed items, assist with balance, turn lights on and off, etc. Their defined function is not to provide emotional support but to do something the handler cannot do for themselves which allows that handler to overcome an inability to perform major life activities. When service dogs are not performing tasks they are on "down time" and that is as important to a working dog as it is to a working human. During this time they play with toys, run around the yard and enjoy engaging with their owners like all other pet dogs. Service dogs and their owners often form a very strong bond and once paired are seldom separated.
Emotional Support Dogs are pet dogs that benefit owners by providing affection, companionship, emotional comfort and support. They encourage physical activity and social interactions. They are not task trained or specially trained to ameliorate disability. The benefits of an emotional support dog for an individual suffering from PTSD and/or depression are many. The dogs unconditional love provides a sense of safety and security for the owner. Caring for the dog gives them a purpose and a release from isolation. Many emotional support dog have been credited for changing and/or saving their owners lives!
Skilled Companion Dogs are pet dogs that are trained to provide task work for one individual around the house only. The dog is trained in obedience and good manners as well as a few tasks. They are not service dogs but well trained and well mannered pet dogs.
Will you provide training for Dog Socializers?
Yes! We do provide training and an opportunity to get to know the dog a bit before you take them out of the prison for socializing. We stay available to you via telephone or email for any questions or issues that may arise. See our Donations page for more information about Dog Socializers.
What is expected if we foster a D4DV dog?
Foster homes provide care and love for one of our pet or emotional support dogs while they are waiting to be matched up with a forever home. Foster homes treat the dogs like their own dogs providing housing inside their homes for the dog, food, water, play time, potty time and exercise. At times we place dogs in foster homes to work on socialization and to prepare them for adoption. D4DV will gladly provide what is necessary for the day to day care of the dog while in foster care, if needed. Foster homes are encouraged to continue working with the dog on basic obedience during their time with them. Our foster families are welcome to adopt the dog should they decide they want to make him/her a permanent part of their family.
How can I contact you?
Click here and complete the contact form. Make sure to leave a phone number or email address and one of our volunteers will contact you shortly.