PRLog - Feb. 9, 2012 - WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Wilmington, NC
Last week, at Ft. Campbell KY, a 6 year-old was tragically killed by a supposed "Service Dog." Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and all involved in this tragedy. Our goal is to use this tragic accident to create awareness for the rampant problem of what we term Imposter Service Dogs and suggest actions to help avoid repeats of these horrible events.
paws4peopleTM Issued Warnings!
paws4people TM warned of this happening over a year ago when we ceased work with clients at Camp LeJeune, NC due to multiple bites and aggressive incidents by Imposter Service Dogs who were – and still are – allowed free access to Camp LeJeune and many other bases. Read the complete article here.
What Is the Answer?
The paws4peopleTM foundation, and its paws4vetsTM program, has among the highest standards in the industry. Since our organization insures each and every Service Dog placed with our clients (Adolescents under 14 with severe challenges and Active-Duty and Veterans with PTSD and TBI) for the entirety of their career, our standards must be very strict!
As an organization that has a program within the U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Transition Unit, we take great pride in our efforts to work with, within and through the processes necessary to not only provide safe, highly trained and compatible to the client Service Dogs, but to do this to exacting standards as found within the Military itself.
Again, what makes us different from many other organizations - specifically those endorsing and providing Imposter Service Dogs with little or even no training - is our standards of conduct.
In this detailed document our training requirements for a dog to reach Service Dog certification far exceed the industry standards for quality and duration of training. Additionally, all paws4vetsTM Service Dogs remain owned by the organization, are re-certified annually, and are insured for life.
Most importantly, paws4vetsTM provides individual intervention transfer training to each Client. This ensures that all Service Dog handlers are fully trained in not only how to utilize their working partner, but also how to ensure their safety and behavior at all times.
This is particularly important for our military and veteran clients with PTSD and TBI; whose very diagnoses and symptoms make it more difficult for them to learn how to maintain their Service Dog's safety and behavior even when their own symptoms such as flashbacks and anxiety intervene.
In conclusion, paws4peopleTM foundation believes and asserts that any and all organizations who provide Psychiatric Service Dogs should abide by the type of Standard we use. Doing less for Clients with psychological and/or emotional diagnoses is simply asking for more disasters to happen.
Acknowledgement and Disclaimer
paws4peopleTMunderstands and believes that even responsible, well-meaning people and organizations can be victims of random, unpredictable accidents. We do not hold ourselves, our dogs, or our clients to be immune to this. However, we can be certain that without setting distinct, responsible, detailed, and fair regulations as to what a Service Dog is and does, all military installations are leaving the door open for Imposter Service Dogs and their shameful providing entities to make more horrifying disasters possible.
paws4peopleTM foundation mission is to Help Humanity with Dogs. We accomplish this by breeding and saving dogs, training them in Federal and State prisons, then placing them at no cost to Active-Duty Military and Veterans who suffer from PTSD and TBI; as well as Adolescents with physical, mental, physiological and psychiatric challenges.
If you'd like more information about this topic visit paws4people.org, or to schedule an interview with Terry Henry, please call (276) 299-0292 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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About paws4people foundation: Our mission is to Help Humanity with Dogs. We accomplish this by breeding and saving dogs, training them in Federal and State prisons, then placing them at no cost to Active-Duty Military and Veterans who suffer from PTSD and TBI; as well as Adolescents with physical, mental, physiological and psychiatric challenges.