DFA Companion Service Dogs
DogFather Academy Certified Companion Service Dogs are capable of complete off-leash self-governance, instant command responsiveness, and can perform specialized assistance skills for their new owner handlers.
What is a DogFather Academy Certified Companion Service Dog?
A Companion Service Dog (CSD) is an animal that is necessary for the normal, day-to-day functioning of his/her physically and/or psychologically disabled handler, providing both practical life assistance and emotional support. A CSD is officially recognized as a working service animal under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, therefore, must be granted unlimited public access.
Upon graduation, DogFather Academy Certified Companion Service Dogs are capable of complete off-leash self-governance, instant command responsiveness, and can perform specialized assistance skills for their new owner handlers.
Some DFA trained CSDs are carefully selected rescue dogs. The result is a heartwarming, win-win situation between a recipient in need and a dog that was yearning for a loving home. Alternatively, sponsors/recipients may choose to have their dogs sourced from a controlled breeding program.
Owning a DFA trained Companion Service Dog is a great privilege. These highly talented specialist dogs are a culmination of hundreds of hours of patient, dedicated training by highly skilled professionals. They are trained 24/7 right in the trainers’ homes and not kenneled at night. This gives them the advantage of quickly learning how to unify with their masters (and all other family members) in every aspect of daily life together. This unification is then strategically transferred to the recipient upon placement so that by the completion of the handover period, the CSD is performing just as well for the new owner.
DFA trained Companion Service Dogs are worth tens of thousands of dollars, yet they are freely gifted to their recipients – thanks to their generous sponsors – on the understanding that their new owners truly appreciate their value. Each recipient is expected to not only provide his/her companion with a loving, comfortable home environment, but to also make the effort required to fully comprehend and maintain the training method – Don Sullivan’s Nature-Based Discipline, Praise & Play Method™ – that has made their CSD such a success. Failure to do so can result in the unraveling of the CSD’s training.
What does a DFA Certified Companion Service Dog include?
Sponsorship of a DFA Certified Companion Service Dog (CSD) includes the following:
What specialized assistance skills can a DFA Companion Service Dog perform?
Not all recipient requirements are the same, so DFA works closely with each recipient to first determine and then fulfill his/her individual needs. Specialized assistance skills can include (but are not limited to) those from the following list. Each DFA Companion Service Dog includes at least two specialized assistance skills. Depending on the recipient’s needs, the inclusion of additional assistance skills can be negotiated.
SPECIALIZED ASSISTANCE SKILLS
What does a DFA Certified Companion Service Dog cost?
These elite dogs are freely gifted to their recipients in need. The DogFather® Academy connects recipients with very generous sponsor organizations and individuals. The standard training and placement value is $35,000. However, sponsors of injured and/or traumatized military veterans receive a substantial discount.