Service Dog Express:
What we do
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Service Dog Express was founded to provide the training of service dogs for wounded warriors/veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and civilians with disabilities such as PTSD, anxiety, depression, manic depression, etc. We also train service dogs for children and adults with disorders that lie on the autism spectrum, and clients with epilepsy, diabetes, hearing, and mobility impairments. Service Dog Express also trains Therapy Dogs according to the guidelines set forth by Pet Partners (formerly the Delta Society). We also offer basic obedience training.
We believe that the animal-human bond is an absolutely indisputable part of emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical healing. We seek to make this healing available to everyone, regardless of financial or other challenges that might discourage them from seeking this invaluable resource.
Because San Antonio is considered “Military City, USA”, there are many wounded warriors/veterans that could greatly benefit from the assistance of a properly trained service dog. However we are not limited to wounded warriors, we do help civilians since PTSD is not a military issue. Our lead trainer completed four years of graduate study to receive her MS at Bergin University for Canine Studies, the only accredited service dog training university in the United States offering graduate degrees and attended training at East Coast Assistance Dogs...see more
Many service dog organizations that exist throughout the country offer excellent quality dogs, but they are far from San Antonio and end up costing the clients thousands of dollars for the dogs and for the travel.
Our business is different in that we prefer to work with the client who either: 1) already has a dog with whom they have an established bond or 2) we have assisted in choosing a dog from a local shelter, rescue group, or breeder, or 3) chooses from our 'Available Assessed Dogs' page. This greatly decreases the cost to the client and training can begin quickly.
We are happy to consult on whether the client's dog has potential to be a Service Dog. The dog must be already in the client's possession before training begins. Service Dog Express has 12 trainers who are highly experienced.
At Service Dog Express, we first meet with the client and the dog at their home. We assess the client’s specific needs. Then, training begins soon thereafter. Training is given at a very reasonable hourly rate. We do in-home training and then take the training out into the public so that the client and service dog learn to adjust to many different public settings. The goal is to reduce client stress and help them reintegrate into society to become fully functioning, productive people with purpose and confidence. All Service Dogs and clients are trained to pass the Public Access Tests as dictated by Assistance Dogs International. Once these basic commands are perfected, we train the dogs to address specific needs of the client. For example, many wounded warriors or civilians with PTSD suffer from night terrors. We work with the service dogs so that they immediately sense when the client is having a night terror so that the dog alerts the client to be quickly awakened and reoriented to current space and time.
Dogs are taught to sense when clients are experiencing panic in or out of the home, and they alert the client to this change in mood. The dogs do this by physically providing a “shield” (COVER) either in front of or behind the client to make them feel protected through training. The dogs also nudge their clients or alert them in other tactile ways so that the client uses the dog as a comforting presence, stroking the dog or talking to the dog gently. Our mobility service dogs are trained to work with wheelchair-bound clients, those with instability while walking, etc. Our diabetes detection dogs are trained to alert clients to changes in sugar levels and alert, and our epilepsy detection dogs are trained to either alert to oncoming seizures, protect clients during a seizure, and alert others when a seizure occurs.
Updated vaccination records are a must for the dog, as is monthly heartworm and flea/tick prevention. The future service dog must have a veterinarian that they have or will work with regularly should the need come up. We have a special partnership with a veterinarian in San Antonio that works with the majority of our Service Dogs and offers 25% discounts for all treatment. It is of utmost importance that the client understand the necessity of working with the dog between training times. Clients are expected to train daily with their dogs between training sessions.
Service Dog Express is available for public and private speaking engagements, keynote speeches, and panel discussions. Laurie speaks to Service Dog topics focused in the realms of training, career field, education, rules and laws. She offers a projective insight into some of the greatest trends that effect the Service Dog community. Click here to schedule.
We provide answers to any questions clients might have regarding access rights, Service Dogs in the workplace, in apartments, and in places of business. Clients are also guided through the process of getting the proper vests and harnesses for their dog, and how to respond to questions or requests from people in the public who are interested in their service dog.
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